The Saigon Opera House

If you have a chance to go to Ho Chi Minh City, you certainly can’t take your eyes off the elegant architecture of the Saigon Opera House. Located at the start of the famous Le Loi Avenue, the building still retails many lively evidences for the influence of French architecture in Vietnam.

If you have a chance to go to Ho Chi Minh City, you certainly can’t take your eyes off the elegant architecture of the Saigon Opera House. Located at the start of the famous Le Loi Avenue, the building still retails many lively evidences for the influence of French architecture in Vietnam.

At the turn of the 20th century, this magnificent building, designed by French architect Ferret Eugene, was built as a classical opera house with 800 seats to entertain French colonists. Anyone who has been to France can recognize many similarities between the Opera House and the Petit Palais. In fact, just like the Reunification Palace, the applied ornament, balustrades, cartouches, and roof were imported directly from France.

In order to celebrate the 300th birthday of Saigon, the municipal government invited some of famous architects and artists to restore the house in 1998. Today, renovated with new materials, the theatre is equipped with state-of-the-art electric appliances, lighting and sound systems, and safety equipment. Many original architectural and decorative features have been incorporated, including a stone veranda, white stone statues at the entrance, colourful granite tiled floors, chandeliers, bronze statues in front of the stairs and richly-engraved auditorium arch and wall statues.The Opera House is surrounded by new shopping plazas and posh hotels, which allow you to combine the trip to the Opera House with a shopping tour.

Nowadays, the Saigon Opera House, lying charmingly in the heart of the city’s District 1 area, becomes a theater for a variety of traditional and classical performances such as plays, concerts, ballet, opera, and Vietnamese traditional dance. Moreover, this house – the brightest building of Ho Chi Minh City – is also one of the exciting destinations which no one should miss when visiting this city.

9 Reviews of The Saigon Opera House

Visit only to see a performance

This is a nice building, but unless you’re here to see a performance (prices are reasonable), there’s really not that much to see from the outside, so it’s not terribly worth the visit.

Nice building

I came here when taking a tour through Hanoi – Da Nang – Sai Gon in Vietnam. No one seems to mention that a brass band plays on the entrance steps early every sunday morning. To see people listening…while resting…

Beautiful structure

This place is located in the central area of Ho Chi Minh City just adjacent to the Continental Hotel. It is a very old building that is very beautiful. However, I don’t think it is as magnificant as the opera…

Meeting place

The Opera House is an other French colonial building in Ho Chi Minh, it’s three floors high and can seat 1800 people… although it was built as an opera house, it didn’t stay that way all the time. In 1955…

Opera House in the Evening

I was so tempted to walk in as they were having a concert within the building. Chose not to in case I get shot at…Kidding!Historical building built by the French in the 1900s. It fortunate that the picture came…

Free performance at the Opera House

I was really happy to see a magnificent Opera House beside the hotel I stayed in ( Caravelle ) and judging from the architecture, it must have been built at the turn of the century. Though I didn’t venture in, I…

Design by French architect Ferret Eugene

Location: Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre is located on Dong Khoi Street, Ho Chi Minh City, between the Caravelle and Continental Hotels. Characteristics: With a rotating stage and a 800 – seat hall, the theatre…

Municipal Theatre

Constructed in 1897 to the original design by French architect Eugene Ferret. The building underwent considerable internal modifications after the French withdrawal from South Vietnam in accordance with the 1956…

Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre

Location: Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre is located on Dong Khoi Street, Ho Chi Minh City, between the Caravelle and Continental Hotels.Characteristics: With a rotating stage and a 800 – seat hall, the theatre meets…

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