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Why Opera House (Nha Hat Lon) is special ?
The beautiful Hanoi Opera House was built in 1911 by the then ruling French. It’s a phenomenal piece of neo-classical French architecture featuring Gothic themes on the doors and domes with pillars, shuttered windows, balconies and a glass room. Musicians, actors and dancers play to a 600-strong audience delivering powerful operatic and classical performances, making it a very popular theatrical attraction. The Hanoi Opera House is the biggest theatre in Vietnam and speaks volumes as historical and cultural evidence of Vietnam under French rule. The interior is even more magnificent than the exterior with many arguing it is aesthetically even more appealing than the Paris Opera House. Visitors today will be entertained at this architectural landmark which features a range of events including local Vietnamese opera, traditional folk music, ballets and many international concerts.
What to explore at Opera House (Nha Hat Lon)?
Following the end of the August Revolution in 1945, The Hanoi Opera House reverted from entertaining the French elite to becoming the centre of major historical events including the first session of the National Assembly of the Republic. The Hanoi building went into a state of decline prior to being renovated and brought up to date in 1997 which included the installation of state-of-the-art equipment and the renewal of some of the interior decorations. These improvements returned the opera house to its former glory which now sees international artists including violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Wolfgang Glemser take to the stage in addition to home-grown talent. Vietnamese entertainers perform songs, classical music, dance, drama and contemporary performances from superstars such as singer My Linh. The Hanoi Opera House offers a superb setting in which to see any live show. The stage is three metres high and there are three storeys in total so a wonderful experience is guaranteed regardless of your seating arrangements.
- A step back in time
- Good place to enjoy music
- Beautiful Architecture
- An unexpected and delightful evening
- Beautiful outside but inside is a mystery
1 Trang Tien St, Hanoi, Vietnam
Ask your hotel to call for the evening's performance and prices. A runner will bring you tickets to your hotel at no extra cost
Modelled after the Palais Garnier in Paris, it is one of the most famous architecture landmark in town. There're always touts selling tickets in front of the door right on the day of the performance.
This opera house is not so impressive like the other in HCMC. At night the area around it is very pop for locals to have ice creams. It gets very crowded, dirty and crazy traffic.Some luxury fashion stores and international hotels around the Opera House. Interesting mix specially if you walk from the lake to here.
The Opera House is a grand building which is great to visit and take some photos. There is a Gucci store across the road and also some great food at the Hotel D'Opera just a few doors down. Overall a nice area to visit.
A grand old building in the central area of Hanoi, a tribute to the French style overlooking the district of fine stores including Gucci,Nina West etc.....
What a jewel in the middle of traffic crazed Hanoi! Buttery marble, glorious ante chambers. Go explore, look in every nook and cranny. There are amazing
Modelled after the Palais Garnier in Paris, it is one of the most famous architecture landmark in town. There're always touts selling tickets in front of the door right on the day of the performance