Art sights in Vietnam
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Housed in the 200-year-old Chinese trading house, the Handicraft Workshop has artisans making silk lanterns and practising traditional embroidery in the back. In the front is your typical tourist-oriented cultural show (10.15am and 3.15pm) with traditional singers, dancers and musicians. It makes a sufficiently diverting break from sightseeing.
Although it originates in the north, the art of water puppetry has migrated to HCMC in the last decade - in part because of its popularity with tourists. There are two venues to see water puppets in HCMC: On the grounds of the War Remnants Museum and at the History Museum. Schedules vary, but shows tend to start when a group of five or more customers has assembled. Expect a 20-minute show, performed by truly skilled and imaginative puppeteers.