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Hoàn Kiếm (Hán tự: 郡還劍; Sino-Vietnamese for Returned Sword) is an urban district (quận) of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, named after the scenic Hoàn Kiếm Lake. The lake is in the heart of the district and serves as the focal point of the city's public life. The majority of tourist attractions in Hanoi are also located in the district.
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This theater showcases a classic Vietnamese art form, created by growers in the rice paddies of older. The live musicians that play during the overall performance are dressed in gorgeous play and costumes instruments indigenous to the place. The show is excellent, though we could not actually comply with the storyline (if certainly there was one). My teen aged son got a bit bored for that explanation. The show lasts under an hour, so the theater is correct in the midst of shopping, eating as well as sports areas. It is absolutely worth a visit.
It is situated near the lake and very easy to locate. A to do thing when in Hanoi in Vietnam .Tickets were worth 100k Vietnamese dong per person. There are four shows in a day to choose from. Last one at 6 pm .The water puppet show is usually of one hour long with a total of 12 performances , details of which are given in pamflets.The music and singers were so soothing to ears that I dozed off for few minutes. The performances were beautiful and very creative.The singers use traditional instruments for the music and performances are based on local folklore . There is a cafe downstairs for a quick bite after the performances. Well maintained and neat place .
Very easy to find, near the lake. The show was super fun (even though we didn’t understand what they were saying). I think it’s worth the money. The short ‘plays’ were easy enough to understand even without words. The music was beautiful & the people playing the instruments looked like they were having a good time. Would definitely recommend.
My wife and I went on a Friday evening. We had to book a few days in advance. Tickets were 100k vnd each and it was worth every dong! We had no clue what was being said in Vietnamese but it wasn't an issue at all because the show is made up of a series of short, simple plays. The traditional music played live to accompany the plays is excellent too. A must do in Hanoi. It was one of the attractions which we enjoyed most in our four weeks travelling Vietnam.
Without a doubt, the best $5 I will ever spend in my life! The show was charming and whimsical and kept our diverse group enchanted throughout the entire performance. My only criticism is it would be nice to have an English explanation of the story line, but I think this added to the show by allowing for our own interpretation based on our experience. Get your tickets early because it often sells out!
This is a water puppet show people. Don’t listen to the negative reviews. You are going to see puppets in water. It’s original and interesting. My main recommendation would be to sit as close as you can to the front. ( tickets are seating based.. so whoever you buy them from, make sure the seat is specified ). It’s cheap and cool hour of unique entertainment.
I wasn't that interested in seeing this but my friend recommend we go and I'm so glad I did. The show lasted an hour and it was lovely. There are about 12 skits and each one is accompanied by traditional music. It's all in Vietnamese (which I do not understand) but this was not a problem as the stories are universal. I highly recommend taking one hour out of your Hanoi schedule to see this show.
Water puppet show as part of the tour. The show was definitely something different to see. Musical instruments and singers surrounding the stage. Story was difficult to understand since there was no translations. So if you're here for the show, just enjoy the experience and forget about the story.
This is going to be a bit of a mixed review. You can purchase your ticket at the box office several days in advance if you wish, then just show up before showtime and go in. There are ushers stationed inside to show you to your assigned seating (the seat row and number is written on your ticket) I'll start with the good part of my review first. I enjoy different cultural experiences and as for the water show itself I really enjoyed it. I had never seen anything quite like it. There was live music being performed on either side of the stage. While I quite know what was going on (I'm assuming the show was playing out some kind of folk story) I enjoyed it none the less. Now on to the part I didn't care for. While I can appreciate the charm of an older structure the seating in the auditorium leaves a lot to be desired. I was only able to view about 60% of the stage area, the rest was blocked by peoples heads. Unfortunately for me a rather rotund gentleman with a head resembling a good sized pumpkin blocked a good portion of my view. So I can not fully recommend this show, the show itself is enjoyable but there is no way of knowing who will be seating in front of you and it's quite possible that you will only be able to see a portion of the show.
I was not sure about going to that place first. I was a bit wondering if it was only a tourist trap. The building look quite old from outside that might be why I was thinking that. It's actually really interesting. It's like puppet but in 3D. It's not childish and everyone will have a laugh for sure. It's only 100 000 dong per adult (4$) so it totally worth the money. By the way I advise you to go directly at the counter to book. The timetable online was not really up to date in my case.
Great and interesting show. Its a must see when visiting Hanoi. Its in Vietnamese so we were not able to fully understand the words but we can understand based on the actions. But It would have been better if theres an English version. Nice concept overall.
It is an puppet show in the water with live orchestra and some Vietnamese folk songs. Various traditions, lifestyle, culture, important religious symbols are shown performing. It is very entertaining. Activities like fishing, farming, festivals are shown through puppets. It is a 1hr long show, tickets can be bought online, through MasterCard kiosk at entry & in ticket booth.
This is a great way to experience this unique piece of cultural heritage! This entertaining show goes through many many parts of traditional Vietnamese life portrayed through the water puppets. This is accompanied by traditional live music. The show lasts for about an hour which is enough to get a good immersion and it's varied enough to stay interesting throughout. I would recommend this as a place to go in Hanoi
A really fantastic experience. The way they control the puppets in water is amazing, and the live music/folk songs whilst the puppets are performing makes it a great atmosphere. We were lucky enough to sit at the front, however it may be a bit harder to see the further back you are. Book as close to the front as possible (front three rows best). The only negative thing was the other tourists there. Some let their kids run loose and bang on the chairs, and another was loudly speaking on his phone. I would recommend the latest showing in the evening to minimize the chance of having noisy children there.
Amazing experience! One of the best show in Vietnam! Don't miss it. Even if they speak in Vietnamese you can feel all the meaning inside you feel so great emotions. Water puppets are amazing even if is a mystery how they can make so great show manoeuvring the puppet underwater!
Well... as an adult... if you want to get a good laugh (not because the show is funny but its done) while sitting in a tiny seat, this is a place to be. But I didn't last the whole show. The cost is cheap (100 000dong) and the tickets go fast. We arrived an hour before the show and ended up buying last few tickets next to the exit which made it easier to escape half way through the show.
Highly-recommended if you’re interested in traditional Vietnamese music and theatre. No worries about the language barrier - the narrative power of (instrumental) music will speak for itself. You’ll find it fascinating to witness the smooth collaboration between musicians, puppet actors and fireworks on water. P. S. The show starts at different times of the day, and charges you a few cents for photography and/or video-recording - just a reasonable price for a 50-min show!
Not fantastic, but still unique. It's last about one hour with number of simple presentations. Nothing extraordinary, but somehow express Vietnamese soul. All tickets were sold and there were for spectacular in a day.