Water Puppet Show
55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City,
Contact: +84 8 3930 2196
Show Time and entrance fee:
17:00 and 18:30 every day (show for around 01 hour)
200,000 VND per ticket
Water puppetry “Múa rối nước” it means puppets dance on water is a tradition 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 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.