Episode 054: Sounds of Yoke Thé | Aung Puppet Show
Yoke Thé is the traditional art of marionette puppetry in Myanmar. Watch a puppet theatre where intricately designed wooden puppets dressed in exquisite costumes put up a show that shares stories of the past called jatakas. Enjoy various segments that may
Originally boasting a cast of twenty eight characters and a band of musicians, singers, and puppeteers who performed all night, contemporary versions still have about a dozen segments with lesser number of characters.
Once under the patronage of Burmese royalty, Yoke Thé unfortunately in recent years finds itself in a tourist trap as an act rather than art!
Mr Aung is a fourth generation puppet master who has learnt this art from his ancestors and desires to pass on the skills to his children and grand children.
Listen to the sounds of Yoke Thé at Aung Puppet Show, in Nyaungshwe, a lively town on the fringes of Inle Lake.
See their location here
Drop by for the twice-daily shows and support their family-run business in keeping this rich cultural heritage of Myanmar alive.