Finally, I was able to haul the family (husband, kid, mom and auntie) to watch the Vietnamese Water Puppet Show at the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre at 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St. in District 1.
I’ve been reading a lot of nice things about it actually from friends and that piqued my interest.
The small theatre can probably seat 100 (the theatre filled up quickly) and luckily we were on the 3rd row with the 2nd row left vacant. So we pretty much had a good view of the show.
The program had 17 short parts that spanned around 50 minutes. Each part showed different puppets and my son was enthralled! There were times when my mom and I couldn’t watch the show at all because we were busy watching my son dance to the live Vietnamese music played by 6 musicians.
All throughout the show, we were all engaged by the program and the nagging question, “How are they doing the puppetry in water?” 😀 The answer: 8 terrific puppeteers!
Well, it’s no rocket science, but it’s still pretty amazing and entertaining. Kids will love the show surely. My son is only 2 and easily gets distracted but he watched the show intently.
The Vietnamese Water Puppet Show is shown daily (even on holidays) at 5 pm and 6:30 pm. If you bought your tickets at the Post Office (8 USD), be sure to have your tickets presented at the ticket window in the theatre to get your seat number.
Some more awful shots here:
Now I appreciate this postcard more: