Top 9 best shows and performances in Hanoi you must see!

by Minh Hiếu">Minh Hiếu

Hanoi Capital of Vietnam, the place of culture and commerce, is always among the top must-visit places in the world. Besides wonderful landscapes as well as historic destinations, Hanoi has many amazing things to discover. Let’s check out the top 9 famous shows and performances in Hanoi. 

Hanoi Ionah show
Hanoi Ionah show


Hanoi has many wonderful shows for travellers to adventure. All these shows are our life, our culture, and our characters. Mentioning the top famous shows and performances in Hanoi, we can not miss such an amazing list such as the Thang Long Water puppet show, Ca Tru, My Village, Ionah and Four Palaces. From now on, let’s find out more information about these fantastic performances and see what you will like to be a part of your tour. Let’s go!


Thang Long Water Puppet Show 

  • Schedule: 15:00, 16:10, 17:10 and 18:30 everyday.
  • Duration: 45 minutes per show
  • Address: No.57b Dinh Tien Hoang street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi (Map
  • Ticket: 140,000vnd
Water puppet show
Water puppet show

Although Puppets are seen in many countries in the world, Water Puppet is a unique culture of Vietnam. This art form was first introduced more than 1000 years ago. Until now, local people still like enjoying this traditional performance.

What is special about this show? Water Puppet Show is not only a traditional culture of local people, but it also reflects the daily life of Northern Vietnamese. In the show, the content may mention some popular habits such as rice husking, fishing, and weaving. Sometimes, you can also see people in activities such as horsing, climbing or sword fighting. Through Water Puppet Show, visitors even know more about Vietnamese history through many heroes such as Ba Trung, Ba Trieu and so on.

Four Palaces show

  • Time: Thursday and Saturday
  • Duration: 45 minutes per show
  • Address: Cong Nhan Theatre, No.42 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Ticket price: 295000
Tu Phu show in Hanoi
Tu Phu show in Hanoi

Together with the Water Puppet show, The Four Palaces show is a strange show that you can not see in other countries. This originated from the Mother religion worship of Vietnamese people and reflects through clothes and shows.

Four Palaces Show has 3 different parts. The first part is about the reincarnation of the Second Lady of the Highland. The second part is about the Reincarnation of the Tenth Prince. The last one is to reincarnate the Little Princess of Highlands. In each part, the custom changes a lot in colour to reflect the token colour of the spirit.

If you join the show, do not go anywhere until the show ends. At the end of the show, you will have a chance to receive “fortune” from the mediums. Good luck!


  • Time: 19:45 Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
  • Duration: 75 minutes per show
  • Address: Star Galaxy Theater, No.87 Lang Ha Street, Ba Dinh District
  • Ticket price: 750.000 VND -950.000 VND 
  • How to book:
Show in Hanoi
Show in Hanoi

Ionah is an entertainment show. Although it is not a cultural one, it is still on the list of top shows and performances in Hanoi. When life changes in modern ways, people tend to find more and new things to relax. The show was launched as a result. 

In the show, audiences can enjoy many kinds of art forms such as hip-hop, dance, ballet, and circus. With these different performances, all the audience can relax and immerse in the music and dancing of the Ionah show. The costumes of the actresses are also very special. All are designed with visual colours and appealing styles to make the show more and more interesting.

Ca Tru Thang Long

  • Time: 8 pm Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
  • Duration: < 60 minutes per show
  • Address:42 Hang Bac street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
  • Ticket Price: 200.000 VND 
  • How to book:
Ca Tru show in Hanoi
Ca Tru show in Hanoi

Ca Tru is a kind of traditional performance that was first known in the north of Vietnam. This is also a kind of vocal show but very ancient. Although it is now too popular with the young, Ca Tru was recognized as one of the cultural heritage of Vietnam.

In the Ca Tru show, all customers are designed in dark colours. Almost the actresses are more than 40 years old and some are nearly 60 and more. To be successful, the show needs a very sophisticated and professional vocal, together with the support of other instruments such as dan day, drum and phach.

My village show

  • Time: 4 days/week
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Address: Hanoi Opera House, no.1 Trang Tien street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
  • Ticket price: 708.000vnd
  • How to book:
My Village Show in Hanoi Opera House.
My Village Show in Hanoi Opera House

My Village Show reflects Vietnamese life on normal days. There are many activities that can be seen such as fishing, farming, and family gathering. All the activities are supported by more than 20 musical instruments. The special of the show is that bamboo is used effectively as a part of the show. This reflects the part of the life of local people living near rivers. Like the Quintessence of Tonkin, My village is also among the top popular shows and performances in Hanoi which both local people and foreigners enjoy.

Different from noisy cities, the Vietnamese village is more peaceful and quiet. This is shown very clearly in the show through the performances of actors and actresses. Although having not have much money, local people still find happiness in their life by working hard with a strong spirit and willingness. This is the real-life, real picture that you can see even not going to visit the place. 


The Quintessence of Tonkin

  • Time:19:30 to 20:30 every day except Tuesday.
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Address: Da Phuc village, Sai Son commune, Quoc Oai District, Hanoi (Map)
  • Ticket Price: 800.000vnd -1.000.000vnd
  • How to book:
Quintessence of Tonkin Hanoi show
The quintessence of Tonkin Hanoi show

The Quintessence of Tonkin is a huge show which needs hundreds of actors and actresses. The show is performed on the lake of 4300 square meters, how wonderful! Although the content of the show is about the ancient culture of Vietnam, the Quintessence of Tonkin uses many modern technologies such as 3D mapping. 

This show is not only a kind of cultural show but an entertainment show. It is ambitious. All customers are designed traditionally with beautiful colours, which reflect different aspects of the quintessence of Tonkin. You can see Poetry, nostalgia, music, festivals, painting, and even Buddhism in the show. 

The Northern Essence Scene Performance Show


  • Address: The Northern Essence Scene Performance Show takes place at the Tuần Châu Hanoi ecological urban entertainment and tourism area, located in Đa Phúc village, Sài Sơn commune, Quốc Oai district, Hanoi. (Map)
  • Show Schedule: The performance is scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, from 7:30 PM to 8:45 PM. In case of adverse weather conditions, the show may be temporarily suspended.
  • Ticket Price: The ticket prices for the Northern Essence Show are categorized into different tiers (Silver, gold, diamond)
  • More information:
The live show of the Northern Essence - Musical Painting.
The live show of the Northern Essence – Musical Painting.

The Northern Essence Show is designed, innovated, and performed within the Baara Land entertainment and cultural complex. This professional production perfectly captures the natural beauty of the Northern region and the spiritual life of the Vietnamese people in the Red River Delta. The show, rich in the essence of Vietnamese land, is composed of various segments to fully portray aspects of poetry, visual arts, Buddhist rituals, and festive imagery.

The Northern Essence Show has distinctive features that bring excitement to the audience, such as:

  • Performers are farmers from the Sai Son commune and some are students from various dance colleges.
  • The stage for the scene performance covers an area of ​​4300m2, the largest in the Northern region, showcasing the cultural beauty of the Northern people.
  • The Northern Essence Show has achieved many significant records, such as having the largest water stage in Vietnam and the highest number of participating farmers in any show in Vietnam.
  • CNN has also voted the Northern Essence Show as the “must-see performance when in Hanoi.

The “Sacred Night” tour of Hoa Lo Prison

Adresss: The show ‘Sacred Night at Hoa Lo’ is held at the historical site of Hoa Lo Prison – 1 Hoa Lo Street, Hanoi.

This program is suitable for children aged 10 and above who have a certain level of awareness. It is especially well-suited for young individuals up to seniors at the age of 75, as well as those who have contributed to the revolution and experienced losses and sorrows during the war.

The ‘Sacred Night at Hoa Lo’ show is organized from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Specific ticket prices for the ‘Sacred Night at Hoa Lo’ show are as follows:

  • Night 1: Theme ‘Radiant Vietnamese Spirit,’ priced at 399,000 VND per ticket.
  • Night 2: Theme ‘Living like Flowers,’ also priced at 399,000 VND per ticket.
  • Night 3: Theme ‘Flames of Youth,’ with a ticket price of 499,000 VND.
The 'Sacred Night' tour at Hoa Lo.
The ‘Sacred Night’ tour at Hoa Lo.


The night tour “Decoding the Imperial Citadel” at the Thang Long Imperial Citadel

  • Adress: The night tour “Decoding the Thang Long Imperial Citadel” takes place at 19C Hoang Dieu, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.
  • Visitors can purchase tickets directly 30 minutes to 1 hour before the program starts. Alternatively, online reservations can be made through the Thang Long Imperial Citadel website.
  • Time: The operating hours for the “Decoding the Imperial Citadel” night tour at Thang Long Imperial Citadel are 7:00 PM every Friday and Saturday.
  • The ticket price is 300,000 VND per adult. Children aged 5-11 receive a 50% discount on the Thang Long Imperial Citadel night tour ticket. Children under 5 years old enjoy a 100% free admission.
  • During certain times of the year, the ticket price for Thang Long Imperial Citadel may be reduced to 200,000 VND per adult.
  • Additionally, to enter the Thang Long Imperial Citadel gate for the show, there is a parking fee of 8,000 VND per vehicle for evening parking.
Decoding the Thang Long Imperial Citadel
Decoding the Thang Long Imperial Citadel

The night tour “Decoding the Thang Long Imperial Citadel” features captivating highlights that contribute to its immense appeal, including:

  • Participation in the “Offering Incense” ceremony to commemorate the ancient emperors. This is a completely unique and distinctive experiential activity exclusive to this show.
  • Stamping the “Destiny’s Colorful Destiny” and the ritual of seeking water from the King’s well signify blessings, abundance, and the attraction of good fortune. This event is regarded as a spiritual ceremony bringing vitality, energy renewal, and motivation to visitors in their lives.
  • Capture Instagram-worthy photos alongside enchanting and mystical spaces reminiscent of the ancient court and nobility of the imperial palace from days gone by.

With warm hearts and patriotism, Vietnamese people always enjoy traditional shows. If you want to discover more and more about our life, and our culture, do not miss any shows we suggest. Let’s come and enjoy these top 9 shows and performances in Hanoi, the beloved capital of Vietnam.


Minh Hiếu

Written by Minh Hiếu">Minh Hiếu

Co-founder at OneVivu Travel & Service Co., Ltd