Ha Long not just a bay

11:17 | 08/04/2019 Culture & Art

(VEN) - Ha Long Bay is known the world over for its thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests and cruises offered on its emerald waters.

ha long not just a bay
The Ha Long Traditional Arts Theater’s traditional art performance programs impress audience

In a bid to develop tourism further and attract visitors to adjacent Ha Long City in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh, the Ha Long Traditional Arts Theater of the THQ Entertainment Tourism Service Joint Stock Company provides visitors with opportunities to enjoy traditional Vietnamese art shows and Quang Ninh’s rich cuisine.

Actors perform such traditional arts as chau van (a Vietnamese form of ritual singing), monochord and water puppetry, among others. The theater has attracted a growing number of domestic and foreign visitors, including those from the Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and China. Although in operation for only a short time, the theater already attracts more than 1,000 guests per day.

The THQ Entertainment Tourism Service Joint Stock Company is a pioneer in offering package tours that consist of art performance and cuisine culture experience.

Duong Van Quy, Director of THQ said the theater was built to create new tourist offerings for visitors to Ha Long, create a new stage for actors and promote Vietnamese traditional arts, especially those recognized as world intangible heritages such as quan ho (love duet singing) from the northern province of Bac Ninh and chau van.

Quy said that art performance programs are improved regularly to attract audiences. The theater has about 300 seats with a small stage to offer water puppet shows, love duet singing, ritual singing and ao dai (Vietnamese traditional dress) shows every day at 16:30, 17:30, 18:30 and 19:30 with the participation of almost 40 actors and technicians. After the shows, visitors can enjoy Vietnamese food at the next-door THQ Ha Long Restaurant.

Travel agents and tourism companies have rated the theater highly and expect it to become a must-see destination for visitors to the city.

On the occasion of the second DPRK-USA Summit in Hanoi, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) provided foreign journalists with free tours to Ha Long Bay and the theater held special art performance programs to celebrate the summit.

Hoa Quynh