Water Puppet Shows at Golden Dragon Theater in Ho Chi Minh City

Puppetry is a Vietnamese traditional art form which has been closely connected with the long-standing Vietnamese people’s spiritual life. There are different puppet shows in the country, with various kinds of puppets. However, puppetry art has been diversified and popularized, mostly in the North Vietnam and South Vietnam.

Today, Water Puppet Show is an brilliant gem in Vietnamese culture and has been popular for tourists who come to our country. Travelers can enjoy this special art at Golden Dragon Theater in Ho Chi Minh City. The show starts at 5:00PM, 6:30PM and 7:45PM and last about 50 minutes daily.

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Here are the programs I would like to introduce to whom is interested in booking a show:

“Uncle Tễu” A Rural M.C. and a Friend of the Poor
The Dragon in the Soul of the Vietnamese
Peacefull Childhood in Countryside
Traditional Daily Life in Rural Villages
Heroic Legends and the Vietnamese Spirit
Vietnamese People’s Traditional Fondness for Learning
Folk Festivals: Ritual Processsions and Games

“Uncle Tễu” A Rural M.C. and a Friend of the Poor

“Uncle Tễu” is the name given to a puppet who is a young jovial, healthy and poor farmer. He is half-naked and wears only a loin-cloth. Tễu represents lovable young men in many popular legends. Vietnamese people are poor but honest, we always show our sympathy to the poor. In folk performances, Uncle Tễu often wittily gives extempore stories. On this show, audience can see the image of buffoons in different forms of traditional Vietnamese opera such as “chèo” or “tuồng”. These characters make use of their inferior status to protect justice and the poor by mocking bad habits in society and .

The Dragon in the Soul of the Vietnamese
Vietnamese dragons symbolize the power of nobility, justice and authority. This is the most colorful and spectacular part of water puppetry with two dragons playing together or with a ball and even fire. Skillful artists are required to perform these activities. There are also other animal dances. These animals are reflected in four sacred animals (tứ linh): Dragons, Unicorns, Phoenixes and Tortoises.

Peaceful Childhood in Countryside
The childhood of a Vietnamese in countryside is simply sitting on the back of a buffalo and playing flute. What a peaceful and beautiful memory? A Vietnamese folk song says: “Who dares to say that raising buffaloes is a hard work. No, it is very happy!”

Traditional Daily Life in Rural Villages
For thousands of years, Vietnamese farmers have made their living by farming. All stages of wet rice cultivation are introduced on the show: ploughing and raking the fields with buffaloes, channeling to flood the fields, sowing rice seeds throughout the fields, plucking and transplanting them to the main field, cutting ripe rice.

Heroic Legends and the Vietnamese Spirit
The legend about the returning the magic sword by King Lê Lợi to the Gold Tortoise is one of the most wonderful though the long history of Vietnam. In 1427, Lê Lợi defeated the invaders and proclaimed himself the king with the help of the sword given by a tortoise. One day, he took a boat trip on the lake and a huge tortoise appeared and wanted him to return the sword. The lake was named “Hoàn Kiếm” (Sword Returning Lake) since then.

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