The water puppet shows in Vietnam have a long, rich history dating back many centuries. We went to the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater in Hanoi. The cynical part of me had low expectations and, wow, were those expectations exceeded. I loved the show which lasts about an hour and a half. The theater is in the Old Quarter and very easy to find. It's also only a short walk away from the Temple of the Jade Mountain (Ngoc Son Temple) which is on Hoàn Kiếm Lake. This whole area of the city is very walkable and nice to check out.
Here is the stage as we all eagerly waited for the show to start.
Finally the characters start to come out. There are several stories played out with these characters. We kept wondering where are the artists that are moving the puppets.
One of the main characters is just having a relaxing time fishing. Until...
There are several old Vietnamese folklore stories which give you a good sense of the culture. Then the artists come out to take a bow and it's done.
This is a must see when in Hanoi!