Saigon Opera House- Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre

Saigon Opera House- Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre. Located in a convenient location in the city center, this is seen as the central and municipal theater where takes place theatrical and art performances and can also be used to organize big events. It is also the oldest theater as a sample of Western European architecture.

Saigon Opera House is an architectural counterpoint to the Hanoi Opera House (built in 1911, as a sample of Opéra Garnier architecture in Paris, 900 seats, architect Broger et Harloy). Saigon Opera House holds its own specific unique features. The author of this architecture is the architect Félix Olivier, Ernest Guichard, and Eugène Ferret. It was built in 1900 in the style of “flamboyant” of the French Third Republic.

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Saigon Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City as a sample of flamboyant architecture

Front door was clearly influenced by the art Petit Palais that was built in the same year in France. Modern interior design is described with full facilities for sound and light. Apart from the ground floor, there are 2 upstairs with total seat of 1,800. All decorative samples and embossment in the facade and interior were painted by a famous French painter like samples in French churches in the late 19th century and sent from France through.

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Facades are clearly influenced as sample of the art Petit Palais

However, for façade decoration, the theater also received many criticisms. As Empire style (after being decorated with Beaux Arts style, simplicity as style of Art Deco), the theater façade was decorated with many embossment and sculpted statues; hence it was criticized quite cumbersome and confusing.

So in 1943, some these decorations were removed to rejuvenate architectural styles. In 1998, on the occasion of the 300th of Ho Chi Minh city establishment, the contemporary government recovered its original function as city theater as well as rebuilt decorations such as two art goddess statues, the festoon, the lamp, etc. during the renovation and upgrade the theater. Total cost of restoration is about 25 billion VND.

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The theater by night

Saigon Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City is located in Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Theatre is considered the central theater that organizes art theatrical performances, and also be used to organize big events. It is also the oldest theater as a sample of Western European architecture.

Saigon Opera House- Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre

This is the place where often takes place big events of the city

In 1863, the troupes from France performed here. At first, they performed at the wooden house at the Clock Work (Place de LHorloge) at the corner of Nguyen Du – Dong Khoi today. Then the theater (Saigon Opera House today) was started construction in 1898. In early 1900, the theater was solemnly inaugurated. The facade of the theater is decorated with statues and embossment.

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Facades are decorated with embossment and sculpted statues.

Between the World War I and the World War II, to bring theater troupes from France to perform, Saigon city was subsidized much. So many people had suggested using theater as a place to perform for the French bands. The amendment project was launched in 1943, then the facade was restored as it today.

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One of the representative projects of the City

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With a ground floor, two floors, 1,800 seats, cooling air, wonderful sound and light system, Saigon Opera House are considered the most professional serving place by both domestic and foreign tourists.

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Overcome ups and downs of history

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Travelers at home and abroad assess professional service of the theatre.

Saigon Opera House is one of the oldest theatres showing values of historical ups and downs of Ho Chi Minh City and is considered as a must- visit tourist destination in the city.

Here are comments about Saigon Opera House from Tripadvisor:

“A visit to the Saigon Opera House is a must for visitors to Ho Chi Minh City. It has been beautifully restored to its classical beauty both in and out. We attended a performance of “The Mist” a Vietnamese folk ballet depicting life in a country village. It was a great show. The acoustics in the hall are fantastic and the seats are comfortable. Highly recommend attending a show or at least visit the Opera House for a look-see.” (Mojave from Canyon Lake, Texas).

“Very nice opera house in the centre of the town so you can’t miss it…actually we haven’t been inside because we had no time but next time I would see this interesting building more properly because i think that definitely worth a visit” (Guevara, Bridgwater, England).

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3 thoughts on “Saigon Opera House- Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre

  1. May 7, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Watched a cultural show highlighting the Vietnamese people, culture, dance. Performance artists are so great i enjoyed it!

  2. May 7, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Fantastic Landmark
    enjoyed show “the Mist” it was quite entertaining
    very close to other Landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Post office, Reunification Palace, Saigon River

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