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Water Puppets
While the art of puppetry is common throughout much of Asia, Vietnam has the unique discipline of water puppetry. The puppets are carved from wood and then lacquered to protect them from the water. The stage for a show is a deep pool of water, with the puppeteers standing behind the pool, hidden by a screen, manipulating and moving the figures with wooden rods and strings. Water puppetry is believed to have originated in northern Vietnam in the 11th century, possibly in the rice fields around the Red River Delta—flooded rice paddies were the original stage—and themes often explore the daily routines of rural or coastal life or old folk tales. Today visitors can most easily watch a performance in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City at a handful of well-established theaters.
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57b Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Lý Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hoàn Kiếm Hanoi, Vietnam
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