As an essential part of Hanoi’s thousand year history, Hanoi Opera House is without doubt one of the most famous cultural and architectural monuments of this City. Just a few steps from Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Old Quarter, this Opera House is among things to see in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Built by the French in 1911, and renovated in the late 1990s, this is an incredible building. Hanoi Opera House is an old theatre with French architecture and typical Gothic and Mosaic characters reflected on the door domes and the glassed room respectively. The facade is colonial French with pillars and balconies overlooking the city center. The exterior is a delightful mix of French neo-classical design with shuttered windows, wrought iron balconies and tiles friezes.

Hanoi Opera House inside

This 900-seat opera house plays host to visiting foreign performances as well as Vietnamese symphonies.

The Opera has seen many premieres of operas and musicals by Vietnamese composers such as the operas of Do Nhuan – Co Sao (‘Miss Sao’) 1965, Nguoi tac tuong (‘The Sculptor’) 1971 and Nguyen Trai 1980; the works of Luu Huu Phuoc and the choral works of film composer Dang Huu Phuc; as well as the works by returning emigre composer Nguyen Thien Dao.

The National Ballet is also part of the Opera House company – and stages Western classics such as Swan Lake as well as traditional and modern Vietnamese dance productions.

Voted to be the most beautiful opera house of the Southeast Asia, this Hanoi Opera House should be in your list of Hanoi must-see during your trip here.

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The Opera House only opens when there are shows or conferences. But the surroundings are anyway worthy to visit.

Entrance fee for a show is from 150,000vnd (~$7) to 1,500,000vnd (~$70), depending on the quality of the seat and kind of the show.