Water puppet is a typical form of Vietnamese art, which has existed for more than 1000 years. In many guide books in Vietnam, people said that “Not watching a performance of water puppetry means not visiting Vietnam yet.” And it is definitely true that most visitors to Vietnam should try to watch a performance of water puppetry at least once.
Water Puppetry is full of joys, lighting and colors and surprises for the audience. It is one of Vietnamese tradition that referred to Vietnamese traditions by means of water puppets, like daily life of Vietnamese farmers (cultivating, tending buffalo, catching fishes…), communal entertainment (swimming contest, dragon dancing…), or historical legends. It tells of daily living in rural Vietnam and Vietnamese folk tales that are told by grandparents to their grandchildren.
For visitors who choose Dragon Legend’s services: You will have a chance to enjoy water puppet show in Yen Duc village on the way back to Hanoi from Halong after your trip.
It will be performed in a pool of water in Yen Duc Village as the stage of the puppets. The water puppets are made of lacquered wood and being controlled by our professional staff. They also have their own names, which represents for their characters in real life, such as: Uncle Teu (represented for a young, healthy and poor farmer), dragons (represented for Vietnamese spirits), fairies, fox, fucks, etc. They all can dance and play a lot of interesting items accompanied by animated music and singing.
By offering water puppet show in Yen Duc village as a stop for visitors, we want to bring you a unique cultural experience in a short time of 30 minutes. We really hope that it would be a nice experience from a representative’s art of Vietnamese culture, performed originally in a Vietnamese village.