There’s another reason to visit Hanoi, Vietnam.

Get to see the unique art of water puppetry.

Water puppetry according to National Geographic Travel, is a typical form of Vietnamese art, that has existed for more than 1,000 years. It is a quintessential experience if you’re visiting this beautiful country.

The show runs for 45 minutes with 17 skits revolving around rural Vietnamese folklore and rice planting.

While singers narrate the stories, a traditional orchestra plays the soundtrack.

The most sought-after character is Teu, the smiling puppet wearing a loincloth and a trademark hair styled in three tufts.

The puppets originally performed in the wet rice paddies. Today, however, the shows are performed in theaters using tanks filled with water.

There’s one thing more that makes this show unique.

While puppets are usually manipulated from above, these puppets from Vietnam are not.

Curious on how this is done?

You have to pack your bags and fly to Vietnam to discover for yourself!

Water Puppets of Vietnam

Water puppetry is a typical form of Vietnamese art, which has existed for more than 1,000 years—and a quintessential experience if you're visiting this beautiful country.

Posted by National Geographic Travel on Saturday, 15 September 2018



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