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Hanoi Opera House
By Hanoi Local Guide

Location: The Hanoi Opera House is situated on Le Thanh Tong St., Hanoi; near the Red River and several hundreds meters east of Hoan Kiem Lake.

Characteristics: It is an old theatre with French architecture and typical Gothic and Mosaic characters reflected on the door domes and the glassed room respectively.

For a long time, the Hanoi Opera House has been a rendezvous for those who love theatrical performance and traditional songs and music, symphonies, opera and classical opera. It is also a tourist attraction for local and foreign visitors.

The Hanoi Opera House is renowned for its unique architecture and good composition. It is furnished rationally and harmoniously. Since its establishment, the Hanoi Opera House is the largest theatre in Vietnam. Its construction started in 1901 and completed in 1911. Previously the site was a big pond, adjacent to the city gate of Tay Long (also called Tay Luong) of the ancient Thang Long Capital. The construction met with many difficulties, because the foundations of the theatre were built on the pond. Before building a concrete foundation, nearly one metre thick, the pond was emptied and dredged, then 30,000 hard bamboo stakes were placed on its bed.

The Hanoi Opera House is of the same architectural style as the Opera House in France. Some foreign architects said that due to being built nearly 300 years after the Paris Opera House, the Hanoi Opera House avoids superfluous architectural details, which make it more magnificent and attractive.

After nearly 100 years of operation, the theatre's equipment and adornments became old and run down. In 1997, the theatre was repaired and modernized under the management of two Vietnamese French architects, Ho Thieu Tri and Hoang Phuc Sinh. The original architecture of the 3-storey theatre has remained. The decorative designs on the ceiling, arches, walls, and doors were renewed. The 3-metre-high stage and the audience's hall, with 600 seats, were also modernized in conformity with international standards. The theatre has been equipped with state-of-art facilities and appliances, compatible for all types of artistic performances, from folk music and songs, ballets and piano to classical opera, reformed opera, Vietnamese operetta and drama, all made great impressions on the audience. The Hanoi Opera House has also successfully organised many large-scale international concerts.

The Hanoi Opera House is a worthy artistic centre and a cultural and architectural relic of the capital Hanoi.

13 Reviews of Hanoi Opera House

Elegant French Colonial Opera House

The Hanoi Opera is a stunningly beautiful building, and one of the few positive things that ever came out of French colonialism. It was built by the French in 1911 and modelled on Paris' famed Palais Garnier.We...

Fine French Colonial architecture

he French certainly left their mark on Hanoi’s streets when they ran the country. As Hanoi is the capital, it has been blessed with some beautiful French colonial architecture with the Opera House being their...

See you at the opera

Hanoi's opera house is well worth a short visit by its impressive outside appearance. It looks like a giant French colonial mansion and is a really beautiful building. The building was constructed to resemble...

I would have liked to go inside!

This building is a « must see » in Hanoi, and you will not be disappointed by this classical-baroque-art nouveau building and even feel a bit of French atmosphere, as it was built in 1911 by architects...

A Visit to the French Quarters

A visit to the French Quarters of Hanoi is an absolute must. Really, the colonial buildings here are gorgeous despite the Vietnamese addiction to ochre-coloured paint.Take a look around and marvel at the...

Municipal Theatre.

The Opera House is based on the neo-Baroque Paris Opera and took ten years to build. It was finally opened in 1911. Unfortunately though there's no access to the public, unless of coarse you're lucky enough...

A beautiful buildings in Hanoi

This is perhaps one of the most beautiful buildings in Hanoi and makes you feel you are in Europe instead of Vietnam. Located on the corner of Trang Tien Street, the Hanoi Opera House (Nha Hat Lon) was built by the...

French Architecture

French influence is noticeable on most buildings' and landmarks' architecture around the French Quarters' area. Take the Opera House; if you've been to the actual Opera House in Paris, you'll...

Colonnial architecture

Another great example of colonnial architecture, the Opera House (built in 1911) overlooks one of the busiest intersections in Hanoi (and that's saying something!).(I was standing in the middle of the road - so I...

It is just ok

This place is located not too far from our hotel and took us 15 mins walking to get there. It is an old French style building. It is just okay for people who are really in to photographing or old music but at least...

I love this place

It's a biggest opera house in Hanoi. It's older opera house. Each year it attracts many customer and people come here. Other way there are many important event, big event organize here. Come here I can hear...

Beautiful French Architecture

I was lucky enough to be invited to the 35 years of Vietnam/Australia celebration hosted at the Opera House in Hanoi. The architecture of the building from the outside is to be admired as it such a huge reminder of...

Huge and beautiful

Hanoi Opera House is a theater of Hanoi. Theater is starting construction of the design in the European theater of the French architect. There are alot of cultural activities, performing arts, dance music, concert,...

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