Vietnam is a country with an extensive history that dates back to thousands of years ago. It has evolved into a great nation with high regard for its culture and arts. The country then understands that there is no better way to boast of such wonderful art than in theaters. Theater in Hanoi is then put into high regard because of the intense creativity and love for the arts the Vietnamese have. Here are some of the theaters that acknowledge such vast originality and culture:
- Thang Long Water Puppetry Theater – The water puppet theater is known for having a charming stage that puts on performances of ancient Vietnamese mythology, local folklore and Vietnam history. Puppetry has become a traditional form of art that deals with skillful, realistic and agile movement giving the audience a sense that they are actually watching real people on stage. This sense of flawlessness that most puppeteers strive is mastered by the actors at the Thang Long Water Puppetry Theater. The shows are mostly in the Vietnamese language but a medium are visually impressive as the puppet show goes beyond language barriers. Make sure to buy your tickets in advance as the theater is quite popular for locals and tourists alike.
- Nha Hat Lon – This Opera House remains one of the most significant performance halls into the city as this 17-storey hall can seat about 2,000 people. Architecturally, the building of Nha Hat Lon is almost identical to the famous Opera House in Paris which is considered to be one of the most stunning buildings in the world. Built in 1911, the Hanoi Opera House can put on unforgettable and breathtaking shows. Despite its similarities to the Paris Opera House, the Nha Hat Lon puts on shows unique to their culture giving almost equal praise to both the French and Vietnamese influence.
- Cung Van Hoa Huu Nghi – Also known as the Cultural Friendship Palace, this 120-room white building stretches from the Yet Kieu Road to the Tran Binh Trong Street. It was previously called as the Vietnam Xo Cultural Palace that consists of three structures: the performance building with a 1,200 seat concert hall; buildings for study and technology equipped with a library, a conference hall and observatory; and a beautiful Chinese-style meeting hall which serves as a gathering place for former high ranking Communist officials.
- Vietnam National Tuong Theater – Tuong dates back since the 12th Century, making it one of the country’s oldest musical forms that consist of music, songs and dances. The Tuong plays are typically divided into traditional plays, royal plays, social plays and modern plays. Tuong has been preserved for centuries and has become a unique art of the Vietnamese nation. It relies heavily on the imagination of the audience, making it highly stylized and conventional with imbued symbolism.
Having acknowledged that theater in Hanoi is something extremely important for many of the Vietnamese people, the country then strives to preserve these kinds of traditional arts. Make sure to not leave the capital city without seeing any of these shows as it will certainly give you an idea of the rich traditional culture that Vietnam has.