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The Quintessence of Tonkin - MUST-SEE CULTURAL SPECTACLE

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    What to Expect
    The Quintessence of Tonkin invites you to go through the gate of our ancient Vietnamese village and tells you the story of thousand years of literature in one hour.

    The Show

    The Show draws inspiration from the spiritual history of the nearby Thay Pagoda telling the story of the pagoda's founding by venerable monk Tu Dao Hanh, and explains the ancient union between religion and the monarchy.

    Years in the making and with hundreds of performers, an interactive stage, state-of-the-art technology, and a stunning setting, this live spectacle is an unmissable highlight of any trip to Hanoi

    The Story

    You will experience six aspects of the cultural Quintessence of Tonkin: Poetry, Buddhism, Nostalgia, Music & Painting, Joy & Festivities.

    Not only opening up the cultural space of the northern delta with people's daily life activities, the play also shows the audience the best of the water puppetry art with the story of the venerable monk Tu Dao Hanh and the history of the ancient Thang Long royal palace.

    The Performers

    There are two groups of performers in this show: local families of farmers, bringing their experience and showcasing their lives to the audiences, and a young team of talented Students from the Hanoi College of Dance, bringing youth and energy to the stage.

    The Theater

    The theater itself is an engineering masterpiece. The natural lake was transformed into a stage, including a state-of-the-art hydrothermal system that raises the 15-ton Thuy Dinh pagoda from under the water in just under a minute. As the Thay Mountain composes the background of the scenery, we also had to develop a unique illumination system to light up the hills, 1.5km away, using 40 lamps of 1500 watts!

    The Costumes

    The costumes are made of traditional patterns and raw materials — silk and cotton. They are all made onsite, and in order to faithfully illustrate our history and culture, were produced under the supervision of a historian and multiple artisans.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Meeting point: Hanoi Towers Office, 49 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
    Traveler pickup is offered


    Shuttle Service Shuttle service is available departing at 17:00 at 49 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi Towers and return at 20:00 from Quintessence of Tonkin to 49 Hai Ba Trung. You are requested to be at the pick-up point 15 minutes prior to the bus leaving time. The bus leaves on time, and in case of missed bus we can call a taxi on guest’s own account. -- If you haven't chosen shuttle bus services, please come in The Quintessence of Tonkin stage before 18:40 at Baara Land, Sai Son Commune, Quoc Oai District, Hanoi.


    Shuttle Service
    Shuttle service is available departing at 17:00 at 49 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi Towers and return at 20:00 from Quintessence of Tonkin to 49 Hai Ba Trung.
    You are requested to be at the pick-up point 15 minutes prior to the bus leaving time. The bus leaves on time, and in case of missed bus we can call a taxi on guest’s own account.
    --
    If you haven't chosen shuttle bus services, please come in The Quintessence of Tonkin stage before 18:40 at Baara Land, Sai Son Commune, Quoc Oai District, Hanoi.


    Shuttle Service

    Shuttle service is available departing at 17:00 at 49 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi Towers and return at 20:00 from Quintessence of Tonkin to 49 Hai Ba Trung.

    You are requested to be at the pick-up point 15 minutes prior to the bus leaving time. The bus leaves on time, and in case of missed bus we can call a taxi on guest’s own account.
    --

    If you haven't chosen shuttle bus services, please come in The Quintessence of Tonkin stage before 18:40 at Baara Land, Sai Son Commune, Quoc Oai District, Hanoi.


    Shuttle Service

    Shuttle service is available departing at 17:00 at 49 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi Towers and return at 20:00 from Quintessence of Tonkin to 49 Hai Ba Trung.

    You are requested to be at the pick-up point 15 minutes prior to the bus leaving time. The bus leaves on time, and in case of missed bus we can call a taxi on guest’s own account.
    --

    If you haven't chosen shuttle bus services, please come in The Quintessence of Tonkin stage before 18:40 at Baara Land, Sai Son Commune, Quoc Oai District, Hanoi.


    Shuttle Service

    Shuttle service is available departing at 17:00 at 49 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi Towers and return at 20:00 from Quintessence of Tonkin to 49 Hai Ba Trung.

    You are requested to be at the pick-up point 15 minutes prior to the bus leaving time. The bus leaves on time, and in case of missed bus we can call a taxi on guest’s own account.
    --

    If you haven't chosen shuttle bus services, please come in The Quintessence of Tonkin stage before 18:40 at Baara Land, Sai Son Commune, Quoc Oai District, Hanoi.


    Shuttle Service

    Shuttle service is available departing at 17:00 at 49 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi Towers and return at 20:00 from Quintessence of Tonkin to 49 Hai Ba Trung.

    You are requested to be at the pick-up point 15 minutes prior to the bus leaving time. The bus leaves on time, and in case of missed bus we can call a taxi on guest’s own account.
    --

    If you haven't chosen shuttle bus services, please come in The Quintessence of Tonkin stage before 18:40 at Baara Land, Sai Son Commune, Quoc Oai District, Hanoi.


    Shuttle Service

    Shuttle service is available departing at 17:00 at 49 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi Towers and return at 20:00 from Quintessence of Tonkin to 49 Hai Ba Trung.

    You are requested to be at the pick-up point 15 minutes prior to the bus leaving time. The bus leaves on time, and in case of missed bus we can call a taxi on guest’s own account.
    --

    If you haven't chosen shuttle bus services, please come in The Quintessence of Tonkin stage before 18:40 at Baara Land, Sai Son Commune, Quoc Oai District, Hanoi.
    Departure Time
    5:00 PM
    Duration
    3h
    Inclusions
    • Pick up: 17:00pm (Hanoi Tower – Stage) if you choose shuttle bus services
    • Drop off: 20:05pm (Thay Pagoda – Hanoi Tower) if you choose shuttle bus services
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    Exclusions
    • Dinner (available upon your request with surcharge $18/person)
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum age is 5 years
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Absolutely worth seeing. You will not be disappointed. I would certainly go back to watch. Performances and lighting display world class. Tour guide (Ban?) Was also very professional and friendly. She did a great job. Keep up the wonderful service. Paul
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    We were so impressed with the energy and spectacle of this event. We had seen a similar performance in China. Both were excellent but my husband and I agreed that this one was by far the more entertaining. The high energy, spectacular lighting and amazing cast made this one
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    Amazing cultural experience would recommend to anyone. The Show is put on by the local people, they really seem to put their love for the people and culture of Vietnam into the performance regardless of how big the crowd is.
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    An amazing show. We enjoyed every minute of it. The show demonstrates you a lot of vienamese history and art and is absolutely worthwhile.
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