Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is an exquisite Vietnamese traditional art in Hanoi with a thousand years of history and 50 minutes of performance.

There are shows all around the world that have roots in the past events of the people of a country, and the performance at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is an exquisite example of such shows in Vietnam. This unique form of art was first performed by farmers in the rice fields and then, it has become a part of Vietnamese culture ever since. Nowadays, the show is performed in a pool with wooden puppets controlled by artists from behind a screen next to the pool.

This show has become a popular attraction of the capital of Vietnam and it is very close to other must-see attractions of the city. Make sure to book your ticket to Thang Long Water Puppet Theater to catch the performance with its amazing traditional music in the city of Hanoi.


History of Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

The form of art now known as Water Puppetry began in the 11th century in the villages of The Red River Delta. Originated in the rice fields of northern Vietnam, the puppet show was at first about farming and harvesting rice during the first years. Back then, the performers stood in the water of ponds or the rice fields to perform using the puppets. They made the puppets out of wood and lacquered them so that water would not ruin them.

In times of flood or harvest, the performance would be related to the events of the day, and as time passed, other acts were performed to entertain the people. As of today, one of the popular shows that can be seen in the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is the story of the Legend of The Hoan Kiem Lake and the Restoration of The Sword.

Other stories can also be seen, which are all related to the importance of rice and farming in the history of Vietnam. You can also learn a lot about the folk-lore of this country by watching these shows.


Attending the Show

To attend and watch any of the shows, it is best to book your ticket in advance. This recommendation is due to the number of visitors that come to the theater, which may become very crowded from time to time. You can book your ticket online and have it sent to the hotel you are staying at.

Location 57B Dinh Tien Hoang – Hoan Kiem – Ha Noi, Hanoi 10000 Vietnam
Ticket Fee VND 100,000
Opening Hours
Every Day 15:00, 16:10, 17:20, 18:30 & 20:00
Tell +84 43 824 9494


  • The theater will be opened every day but the hours and the shows may vary.
  • Each performance will take about 1 hour.
  • Delivery of your tickets to your hotel will be free if you order online. Just be sure to give the address and name of your hotel very carefully since they have very similar names.
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