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Hanoi Opera House: A splendid renowned building to add to your travel list

20/01/2024 17.638

Hanoi Opera House, a distinguished example of French architecture in the capital of Vietnam, has many secrets for you to explore.

Hanoi Opera House

A Hanoi travel itinerary is one of the concerns for international tourists when they plan to visit Vietnam. Hanoi Opera House, located right in the city center, has splendid architecture and still hosts the most important events in the country. Explore its history and features to prepare for your trip to the capital city of the S-shaped country.

1. Where is ​​Hanoi Opera House?

Hanoi Opera House is situated at the Square of August Revolution, Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District in downtown Hanoi. The building is proof of the exchange between Vietnamese and western cultures and arts. It has been the venue for many important cultural shows and also a popular attraction for visitors.

The square in front of the opera house was built in the late 19th century. It was named after the August Revolution to mark the historical milestone in 1945. There are other famed architectural works in the vicinity, such as the National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hilton Hanoi Opera, and Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.

Hanoi Opera House

2. Learn about the history of Opera House in Hanoi

After setting foot in Hanoi in 1883, the French authorities had an intention to build a centre for art and culture to serve their demand for arts. Thus, construction of the Hanoi Opera House was started in 1901 and completed 10 years later. It was designed by the architects Boyer, V. Harley, and later Francois Lagisquet as a miniature of the Garnier Palace in Paris. Hence, the Opera House in Hanoi has a classical European style, bringing about the most luxurious academic art space in Indochina then.

After the Opera House’s construction, the French organized many ballet shows, concerts, and pantomimes to serve the French people here as well as introduce French culture to Vietnamese people. After 1945, the Hanoi Opera House became a meeting place for the Government, the National Assembly and hosted many drama performances. It was used as a venue for Vietnamese artists then.

After the French withdrew from Hanoi in 1954, the Vietnamese government continued to preserve the Opera House. At the end of the 20th century, after 80 years, The Hanoi Opera House was in a somewhat dilapidated condition. The Vietnamese government decided to renovate it under the supervision of the French Vietnamese architect Ho Thieu Tri.

Today, the Hanoi Opera House is one of the largest opera houses in Vietnam, which has been hosting numerous academic art shows and is also a tourist magnet in the city.

Hanoi Opera House

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3. Admire the outstanding Hanoi Opera House's architecture

Hanoi Opera House was built to host classical art shows such as chamber music, opera, ballet, and drama. With a total area of some 2,600 square meters, the Opera House has 3 areas including the front hall, mirror chamber, and performance hall. All areas are decorated with French-style classical chandeliers.

The front hall is used to welcome guests, with a T-shaped staircase leading to the second floor. The floor of this area is tiled with stones, while the walls and columns are decorated with luxurious classical patterns.

The mirror chamber is on the second floor, which has hosted many important ceremonies. The floor of this chamber is tiled with stones imported from Italy. Large mirrors are installed between doors and windows, and crystal chandeliers are hung.

Hanoi Opera House

The performance hall is finely designed with Corinthian columns painted with colorful patterns. High in the middle of the hall, there is a huge crystal chandelier. The hall can host 870 people with three floors of red velvet seats, which is typical of the French classical style in the 19th century. The performance hall is a harmonious combination of sound, light, and colors, offering a perfect art space.

Behind the stage is a room for make-up, a room for costume, a rehearsal room and some rooms for administration and library.

The system of pillars and stone-tiled roofs follow the Roman Ionic Order. The curved balconies and dome over the main entrance depict Baroque architecture in Italian early 17th century. The roof over two sides along the entrance for cars is typical of Art Nouveau Style. All the details create a strong feeling of an Eclecticism-based Neoclassical construction.

Hanoi Opera House

4. Tips for your visit to Hanoi Opera House

4.1. Hanoi Opera House's opening hours

Hanoi Opera House's opening hours are on Mondays and Fridays. However, it can also be open at other times, depending on the arrangement of the management board.

Each visit can last for 1.5 hours, between 10:30 am and 12 pm, which should be long enough for you to tour around and take photos.

4.2. Hanoi Opera House's entrance fee

There are two tour packages at the Opera House in Hanoi:

Hanoi Opera House Tour

  • Max: 20 people/visit
  • Time: 70 minutes/visit
  • Ticket: VND120,000/pax (about US$4.8)
  • Opening days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday

Hanoi Opera House Tour & Art Show

  • Max: 250 people/visit
  • Time: 90 minutes/visit
  • Ticket: VND400,000/pax
  • Opening days: Monday & Thursday

Besides, you can book tickets for art shows at the Opera House, at around VND300,000/pax.

Hanoi Opera House

4.3. The best way to travel to the Opera House

There are various bus routes passing by the Hanoi Opera House, such as buses number 02, 04, 34, 43, 45, 49, and 86. If you go by car or bike, take Le Thai To Street towards Hang Trong - Hang Khay - Trang Tien streets. You can see the Opera House at the roundabout of the Square of August Revolution. You can also take the double decker bus of the Hanoi City Tour, which will offer you a chance to leisurely watch the streets. 

A taxi is one of the common means of transportation in Hanoi, so tourists can take a taxi from anywhere. If you are looking for a reliable, eco-friendly, and comfortable transportation option for your Hanoi trip, consider XANH SM Taxi.

Hanoi Opera House

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4.4. Other tips to know

In order to explore Hanoi Opera House with ease, note down the following tips:

  • Buy Hanoi Opera House tickets before entering
  • Turn on your phone’s silent mode and do not use cameras during the show
  • Keep silent during the show
  • Do not smoke, bring snacks or chewing gum inside
  • The Opera House will close 15 minutes after the show starts, so you should come early
Hanoi Opera House

Apart from Hanoi Opera House, you should explore other tourist destinations such as Ho Chi Minh MausoleumHoan Kiem LakeHanoi Old Quarter, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and VinKE & Vinpearl Aquarium Times City especially.

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Hanoi Opera House

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Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, has many mysterious things for tourists to unveil. In particular, Hanoi Opera House, with its French architecture, is a priceless heritage of the city. Besides its function as a cultural venue of Hanoi, the opera house is also a popular destination for tourists. Take the above-mentioned top tips to have a flawless trip here.

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