Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

Traveling to Hanoi, In addition to visiting ancient monuments, famous pagodas, and beautiful scenes, tourists often visit the entertainment place: Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, a place to perform dramas, in which actors are funny, cute puppets. Hope the information below helps you have a perfect visit.

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

Thang Long Theater is crowded with artists and audiences. Water puppet show is performed inside the theater.

Location & History of Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is located at 57B, Dinh Tien Hoang Street, nearby Hoan Kiem Lake. This is a familiar address for not only domestic tourists but also foreign ones who want to enjoy water puppet shows and explore the beauty of this unique Vietnam traditional art.

In 1969, Thang Long Theater was built, and since 1990, many water puppet shows have been performed by Thang Long theater artists. Every year, over 600 shows are offered to about 160,000 audiences. Moreover, the theater has brought water puppetry art to over 40 foreign countries like America, France, Spain, Australia, Japan … through performance tours, or puppetry festivals, or international cultural exchange program.

Water Puppet Show

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Stage, artists, seats and audiences at Thang Long Water Puppet Theater.

Water Puppet Show at Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

A scene at a Vietnamese Water Puppet Show performed at Thang Long Theater.

Traditional content of water puppet performance like the daily life of Vietnamese farmers (catching fishes, cultivating, tending buffalo…), folk entertainment ( dragon dancing, swimming contest…), or historical legends (Le Loi returns precious sword…) with modest performance way have attracted lots of audiences for lots of centuries. In addition, the artists of Thang Long Water Puppet Theater have renewed the old puppet shows with the effect of light, music, and combination between people and puppets. The theater has been successful since the beginning and received favors and praises from audiences.

Read more about:

Water Puppetry in Vietnam

General information:

  • Show schedule: every day at 15:30 – 17:00 – 18:30 – 20:00 – 21:15 and Sunday at 9:30
  • Ticket: costs between 60.000 – 100.000 VND ($3-5) and can be purchased at doors or by contacting the theatre:
  • Website:
  • Fax: (84-04) 3 824 5117
  • Email:
  • Tel: (84-04) 3 824 9494, 3 825 5450
Thang Long Water Puppet Theater.

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater.

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater.

Artists say goodbye to audiences.

Accommodation near Thang Long Theater

Plentiful hotels near the Water Puppets Theater in Hanoi include:

  • Sunrise Hotel Hanoi rooms start at $38 per night.
    Serenade Hotel rooms start at $88 per night.
    Hanoi Hilton Opera rooms start at $169 per night.
    Hanoi Sofitel Metropole rooms start at $315 per night.

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

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