Water puppetry (Vietnamese: MUA ROI NUOC, lit. “Making puppets dance on water”) is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Today’s Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition.
The puppets are made out of wood and then lacquered. The shows are performed in a waist-deep pool. A large bamboo rod supports the puppet under the water and is used by the puppeteers, who are normally hidden behind a screen, to control them. Thus the puppets appear to be moving over the water. When the rice fields would flood, the villagers would entertain each other using this form of puppet play.
– Price: VND 250,000 / Ticket
– Show time: 17:00 – 18:30 & 19:45
– Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.
– Location: Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater