Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater

Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater

Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater
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Generations ago, Vietnamese puppeteers performed for their rural communities in waist-deep water, bringing to life legends and stories about their region. Water puppetry theaters like Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater continue that tradition into the modern day and are a fun, family-friendly way to experience a hallmark of traditional Vietnamese culture.water puppet show, which is closely associated with the spiritual life of Vietnamese people, especially in the countryside. The show’s chosen stage is the surface of a water pool. The puppeteers present their clever skills in managing puppets by long bamboo rods and string mechanism under the surface. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra is an excellent music accompaniment. The puppets depict the story from the songs during the show, which reflects the peaceful life of the Vietnamese countryside, so it is not too difficult to understand it.
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  • 767-767
    Oslo, Norway188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent, very interesting
    Very interesting performance, well worth the visit. Ticket price 300,000. Show times at 5pm and 6:30pm. They do allocate you fixed seating, about which they did not inform. If you want a better seat perhaps try to sort that at the time of ticket purchase.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 December 2023
  • Erin S
    5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great show, less than optimal viewing conditions
    The show itself was very entertaining, at least what I could see of it. In Australia almost all performances have a no recording policy and I now appreciate why... Watched at least 20% of the show through the phone cameras of audience members in front of us who videoed almost every scene. Would also advise against bringing children <5 if they are likely to be bored and make it other people’s problem. Puppeteers and musicians were extremely talented, just wish we could’ve immersed ourselves better.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 December 2023
  • W L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    This is a wonderful show in Saigon and we really enjoyed this. Water puppet is a traditional Vietnamese form of entertainment. Hard work for the actors, they controlled the puppets in water. Recommendable destination.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 December 2023
  • mrc282
    World8,211 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    water puppet joy
    the water puppet show originates from northern vietnam originally, but as it has become almost symbolic with the country, you can watch it in almost every major city these days. i went onsite to the box office to buy a ticket, but was told it is sold out 4 days in advance. went home and got online and saw a ticket is still available on klook, so i quickly grab one. i believe the show tickets on klook are tickets resold by travel agency who bought them in bulk from box office, so there will be slight upcharge (20,000 VND). the ticket price is 300,000 VND if purchase direct from box office keep in mind that the front rows (rows A, B, C, D) and center section (seat number 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) will experience some risk of water splashing during the performance. imo, the best seating are center section, but in the rows after that, so rows E, F, G, and beyond if you have an online voucher like i do (e.g., from klook), you can go a little earlier before the show begin to try to secure good seating, but you are limited to swapping tickets with another traveling party of the same size (e.g., party of two can swap tickets with another group of party of two). you are not allowed to randomly choose seat the entire performance is narrated in vietnamese, but it is possible to grasp the story even without understanding the language
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 January 2024
  • Tarmum
    London, United Kingdom631 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ruined by selfish use of videos
    This was a wonderful show. Quite unique and entertaining and 45 mins was just about right. BUT experience was totally ruined by large numbers of people blocking views of others by video recording on their phones. Totally unnecessary and rude. Sadly staff made no attempt to stop this. It’s an ancient tradition ruined by modern technology. Quite a few people left during the show. No idea why. Maybe they expected something different? Couldn’t stand the blocked views. Either way this is a lovely way to enjoy a traditional show. BUT PUT YOUR PHoNES AWAY!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 February 2024
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Stefano S
Lusiana, Italy1,265 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Normally I don’t like traditional spectacles like dances or puppets, but I must admit that this one has been funny and pleasant, do not miss it during your stay in Saigon. Just a note, the sits are quite uncomfortable for tall or sturdy people.
Written 29 March 2024
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Tarmum
London, UK631 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was a wonderful show. Quite unique and entertaining and 45 mins was just about right. BUT experience was totally ruined by large numbers of people blocking views of others by video recording on their phones. Totally unnecessary and rude. Sadly staff made no attempt to stop this. It’s an ancient tradition ruined by modern technology. Quite a few people left during the show. No idea why. Maybe they expected something different? Couldn’t stand the blocked views. Either way this is a lovely way to enjoy a traditional show. BUT PUT YOUR PHoNES AWAY!
Written 21 February 2024
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Seaside04374531338
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Show was fantastic BUT most of it was watched through idiots taking photos and videos. Not only is this incredibly rude to the incredible performers but annoying for other viewers! Nice and simple fix... BAN PHONES!! It's 45minutes... you can manage without WhatsApp for 45minutes and if you can't... DON'T COME AND SPOIL IT FOR EVERYONE ELSE!
Written 16 February 2024
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Adventure66401038567
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We loved this traditiinal water puppet show really fun and interesting. Value for money, a must see show in ho chi minh city.
Written 9 January 2024
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mrc282
World8,211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
the water puppet show originates from northern vietnam originally, but as it has become almost symbolic with the country, you can watch it in almost every major city these days.

i went onsite to the box office to buy a ticket, but was told it is sold out 4 days in advance. went home and got online and saw a ticket is still available on klook, so i quickly grab one. i believe the show tickets on klook are tickets resold by travel agency who bought them in bulk from box office, so there will be slight upcharge (20,000 VND). the ticket price is 300,000 VND if purchase direct from box office

keep in mind that the front rows (rows A, B, C, D) and center section (seat number 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) will experience some risk of water splashing during the performance. imo, the best seating are center section, but in the rows after that, so rows E, F, G, and beyond

if you have an online voucher like i do (e.g., from klook), you can go a little earlier before the show begin to try to secure good seating, but you are limited to swapping tickets with another traveling party of the same size (e.g., party of two can swap tickets with another group of party of two). you are not allowed to randomly choose seat

the entire performance is narrated in vietnamese, but it is possible to grasp the story even without understanding the language

Written 3 January 2024
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W L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
This is a wonderful show in Saigon and we really enjoyed this. Water puppet is a traditional Vietnamese form of entertainment. Hard work for the actors, they controlled the puppets in water. Recommendable destination.
Written 25 December 2023
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Erin S
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The show itself was very entertaining, at least what I could see of it. In Australia almost all performances have a no recording policy and I now appreciate why... Watched at least 20% of the show through the phone cameras of audience members in front of us who videoed almost every scene. Would also advise against bringing children <5 if they are likely to be bored and make it other people’s problem. Puppeteers and musicians were extremely talented, just wish we could’ve immersed ourselves better.
Written 17 December 2023
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767-767
Oslo, Norway188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Very interesting performance, well worth the visit. Ticket price 300,000. Show times at 5pm and 6:30pm. They do allocate you fixed seating, about which they did not inform. If you want a better seat perhaps try to sort that at the time of ticket purchase.
Written 10 December 2023
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OneLena
Singapore, Singapore206 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Fun show for adults and children, but you need some context to understand the whole story. The brochure is helpful.
Written 12 October 2023
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Simon Coffey
Auckland, New Zealand9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
It was a fabulous show. The theatre and stage set up great. The muscians were so interesting to watch and listen to, and the 'puppet' show entertaining and aamusing. Definately worth going to as part of a nholioday in HMC.
Written 1 October 2023
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