The grandest live entertainment in Vietnam: “The Quintessence of Tonkin”
Baara Land Entertainment Complex
Da Phuc village, Sai Son commune, Quoc Oai district, Hanoi
Located 25km west of central Hanoi, The Quintessence of Tonkin unique stage lies within Baara Land, a brand-new entertainment and cultural complex situated at the foot of Thay mountain - one of the oldest National Heritage Sites in Vietnam and a pilgrimage site during the Lunar New Year festival season.
The spectacle 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.
The stage was built in between the auditorium and the small hill where Chua Thay rests, so the audience watches the performance to the backdrop of the mountain. The pagoda thus plays a vital role in the spectacle. The stage is permanently submerged under a thin layer of water, and has a surface area of about 4300 square meters.
With more than 180 performers, most of whom are local villagers from the region, The Quintessence of Tonkin highlights compelling elements of Vietnamese culture but present them in contemporary and innovative ways. The spectacle will also blend different elements of traditional music styles, including “Quan họ” and “Ca Trù”, both of which are now recognized by UNESCO as examples of intangible world heritage. Folk singing, folk games, Mother Goddesses worship and daily life of farmers, are also showcased in the performance.
The amphitheater can cater up to 2,500 seats, with shows every evening except Tuesday. The site is approximately 40 minutes by car from central Hanoi with shuttle bus service on offer. A dinner-and-show combination is also available onsite.
The performance also brings historical and cultural knowledge to the audiences while entertaining, and is a must–see cultural spectacle for all travelers who visit to Vietnam.
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