"WATER PUPPET SHOW @ ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM" Museum of Ethnology Tip by balhannah

Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi: 38 reviews and 105 photos

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I was going to visit the Water Puppet show in Hanoi itself, only to find it was booked out for 2 days.

I visited the Ethnology Museum, and to my surprise, they hold a Water Puppet show here. Well, I thought, I will pay the money and watch a show here instead!

The water puppetry is performed in a outdoor pool of water with the water surface being the stage. The puppeteers stand behind a screen and control the puppets using long bamboo rods and string mechanism hidden beneath the water surface. [You don't see them] The puppets are carved out of wood and often weigh up to 15 kg.
A traditional Vietnamese orchestra sat beside the outdoor pool playing the music.
After the performance, the puppeteers showed them selves to the audience.

So, if you are like me, and want to see them, and the show is completely booked, maybe come here.

The Museum is excellent, and for an extra 25,000 dong, you can see a Water Puppet show.

Performances at 10, 11:30, 2:30 and 4pm
Cost in 2011.....25,000 dong (adults)....3,000 dong (children)

Address: Nguyen Van Huyen St, Cau Giay, Hanoi
Directions: 20 min taxi ride from the city centre.
Take the 14 minibus runs from Dinh Tien Hoang Street, north of Hoan Kiem lake, to the Nghia Tan stop a few blocks from the Museum.

Phone: (84-4) 37562193
Website: http://www.vme.org.vn/aboutus_history.asp

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 24, 2011
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