Water Puppets in Saigon
Water Puppetry didn’t have the greatest reputation among my friends at Hanoi Backpackers. And though the art itself comes from Hanoi, I didn’t get around to seeing a show there.
But I did make it to see the water puppet show in Saigon!
And I was shocked – while the reviews I had heard from my friends in Hanoi were lukewarm at best, I was positively delighted by the water puppets show! And so were all my friends!
The stage is set on water, and puppeteers behind the stage control the puppets. The show lasts about 45 minutes and features more than a dozen short sketches. Traditional music is performed by an orchestra on either side of the stage.
Above is the scene of the legend of Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi — yes, the tortoise steals the sword!
Check out this video: these puppets are fairies!
In this video, the golden dragon vanquishes the other dragons — with FIRE!
Is water puppetry worth seeing? Absolutely. I loved it.
But even if this isn’t your usual sort of thing, it’s such a short show, at such a great price ($6), it’s hard to think of a reason not to go see it!