• Open Hours

    From Tuesday to Sunday weekly

    AM: 10:00 and 11:15

    PM:14:15, 15:15, 16:15, 17:15, 19:15 and 20:15

  • Location

    At Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME)

    Nguyen Van Huyen street, Nghia Đo ward, Cau Giay distrist, Ha Noi city

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There are many kinds of puppet arts all around the world, but only Vietnam possesses the water puppetry art. Being passed from generations to generations of thousand years, water puppetry is one of typical stage art of Vietnam culture. Showing the intelligence, creativeness of famous troops, being specialty and pride of Vietnam wet-rice civilization. Water puppetry was created in 10th -11th century by the farmers. There were 28 troops of true water puppetry artists, but now there are only 16 troops are be able to maintain their performances. This is the reason Longlink Vietnam (LLV) Co-operating with Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME ) by project PART ( Performing  Art Revival Theater ).

We contribute with our best efforts to preserving and developing origins of traditional water puppetry, as well as presenting many unique performances of ethnic people in Vietnam. We hope to receive your continued support and look forward to provide you with the most interesting and valuable tour to visit VME

Daily Water Puppet Show

 Our water puppet theater is operated daily from Tuesday to Sunday, except Mondays and New Year’s Holiday. You will enjoy this traditional art performed how it originated in the open air! We sell tickets at the reception of the theater inside the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and have over 6 shows a day.

 This art form speaks out the legends of Vietnamese people and you can find the theater close to the Viet exhibition in the Museum’s garden. The show will be performed by different famous artist groups from 16 traditional water puppet villages. Don’t miss out!

Control the puppet

After the show, audiences have chance to experience and learn how to control the puppet which is led by famous artists. Our staff also be ready to be the coordinator between artists and audients, especially children to get more understand about this unique art.

Create Puppets

– By the show, audiences can watch how the artists create their puppets in a cool garden and herbal tea are served. Rice garden a large garden by idear of wed-rice civilians at the out-door theater is a place for traveller to relax, enjoy traditional herbal tea (Cleistocalyx operculatus ) which are planted organically right in the museum.

– A round the garden are setting up process  of how to make water puppet and a great play ground for children after the show.

Discover the secret of water puppet behind the since

It was an amazing way to see the show, watching the actors submerged in waist-deep water controlling the puppets using long, slender bamboo poles beneath the surface”. (  by Aaron Joel Santos )

Vietnam Gifts special on water puppetry

Water puppet gifts are made with puppet concept. Special of the gifts are in series and the limited collection of each story.

LongLink Vietnam and the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME)

We are collaborating together to transform the museum into an interactive education hub. With our experience in hospitality and our keen interest in culture, we are generating new exhibition and food and beverage ideas that will enhance the visitors’ experience.

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam in an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity within the country. The museum is packed full of information detailing traditional Vietnamese ways of life, from religious events to the symbolic rituals of all the Vietnamese ethnic groups, providing a rich tapestry of the culture melting pot existing in Vietnam.

The exhibition hall features everyday objects representing each group, a research centre, library and auditorium. The outdoor display area exhibits a variety of origin Vietnamese homes as full-scale, with great attention paid to the varying architectural styles set within the authentic and tranquil gardens. In addition, there are also leisure pursuits on display including traditional water puppet theatre and calligraphy. The future aim of the museum is to also showcase the many cultural practices and civilisations across Southeast Asia.