The Opera House, a must-see destination in Ho Chi Minh City

Located at the center of Saigon City is the Opera House, the so-called the Municipal Theater, which is considered one of the attractive spots in Ho Chi Minh City – both night and day. If you make a visit to Ho Chi Minh City, you cannot miss exploring this typical site with unique architecture.

Located at the center of Saigon City is Opera House Saigon, the so-called the Municipal Theater, which is considered one of the attractive spots in Ho Chi Minh city – both night and day.  If you make a visit to Ho Chi Minh City, you cannot miss exploring this typical site with unique architecture.

Saigon Opera House features its unique architecture

Opera House Saigon’s Overview

First constructed in 1898 by the French architect – Eugene Ferret, Opera House Saigon was set to be two meters higher than the street surface with two door layers, in order to prevent traffic noise under the  “flamboyant” architecture of the French Third Republic.

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. After 1956, the house functioned as the home of the Lower House Assembly of Southern Vietnam. It’s not until 1975 that the opera house was restored to its original purpose of use.

Built-in parallel structure, Opera House Saigon is located on the city’s center axis, connecting the metro station and roundabout in front of Ben Thanh market. From a distance, the Opera House looks like a beautiful gigantic city gate. The architecture of Opera House Saigon boasts stone-carved ornaments and statues at the entrance, crystal chandeliers, and shiny granite floor at the lobby area – all built with materials imported from France. The oval auditorium with 468 seats offers good view from every seat. It is also echo-free and therefore preserves all the sound inside the theatre. Opera House Saigon is now a venue for many high profile events and cultural – entertainment activities of the city. Certified as a national relic in 2012, this magnificent building stays on top of the must-visit of Ho Chi Minh City.

The beauty of Opera house Saigon at night from outside

Opera House Saigon’s unique architecture

Constructed in parallel design, the theatre is situated on the heart of the city, linking the metro station and roundabout in front of Ben Thanh market. From a far distance, Opera House Saigon is similar to a wonderful gigantic city gate. The architecture boasts stone-carved ornaments and statues at the entrance gate, crystal chandeliers, and shiny granite floor at the lobby area – all built with materials made from France. The oval auditorium with 468 seats gives galatourist.asia guest a chance to admire the amazing view from every seat. It is also echo-free and therefore preserves all the sound inside the theatre.

Nowadays, Opera House Saigon is a popular venue for lots of important events and cultural – entertainment activities of the city. Certified as a national relic in 2012, this magnificent building stays on top of the must-visit of Ho Chi Minh City.

Nowadays, Opera House Saigon is a popular venue for lots of important events and cultural – entertainment activities of the city

How to get there

Situated charmingly in the center of the city's District 1 area, nowadays Opera House Saigon becomes a theater for lots of traditional and classical shows such as plays, concerts, ballet, opera, and Vietnamese traditional dance. If you are in Ho Chi Minh City, you can see some tours of galatourist.asia which include the visit of Opera House Saigon. So there are lots of methods to move there such as car, motorbike or even on foot if you are at the hotel of district 1. The first and common way to reach here is going for a walk. Just use your google map then you can reach Central Post Office Saigon on your own feet. Or if your hotel is far from Opera House Saigon, you can choose some kinds of transportation such as a motorbike, or even bus: 

By bus: The cheapest way besides going on foot to reach Opera House Saigon is going by bus. All you have to do is using your smartphone, find Google map then search the way from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city or your location to Opera House Saigon. Google map will point out some buses with the number for you to choose, then choose the most convenient road for you. Please remember that you should not go by bus in the rush hour due to the traffic jam. 

By taxi or motorbike: Nowadays, catching a motorbike or a taxi to reach Opera House Saigon is very easy. You can use Grab or Go-viet app to know the exact road and avoid the bargain from the drivers. 

Along with the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Post Office Saigon city, Opera House Saigon is one of the most popular tourist attractions welcoming several tourists every day. Visitors can take Saigon city tour 1 day or Vietnam package tour 7 days to discover Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) attractions like Central Post Office Saigon. If these places are too similar to you, you can choose Phu Quoc city tour to learn more thing about Vietnam. 

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