Taiwanese Glove Puppets (Budaixi)

Taipei Travel Guides / July 11, 2017
Taiwanese Glove Puppets (Budaixi) Image credit: Sheu Hau Chow

Glove puppetry has been a very big part of the entertainment industry in Taiwan for centuries. It is a type of Chinese opera that uses glove puppets to tell stories, including the popular folk tales.

Those have seen a Budaixi performance would agree that every puppet under the hands of puppeteers seems to have a soul and character. When the hands of the puppeteers are off, the unmoving puppets are just an art piece themselves.

Visitors can’t take a puppet opera show home, but bringing back one or a couple of puppets is quite an easy thing to do.

BEST GIFTS FOR: Children and culture enthusiasts

PRICING: From NT$200 ($6.50)


  • Chang Yi Fang Puppet Creations, No.27, Lane 47, Yongkang Street, Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Puppetry Art Center of Taipei, 2F, No.99, Sec. 5, Civic Blvd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City 105, Taiwan (R.O.C.)