Saigon Opera House (Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater), Ho Chi Minh City

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Saigon Opera House (Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater) serves as a prominent hub for high-profile events and cultural evenings. Regarded as a remarkable example of French Colonial architecture, the symmetrical and ornate structure dates back to 1897 and was modeled after the Opera Garnier in Paris. Upon you arrival, notice the elaborate facade with stone-carved statues. The interior boasts many decorative elements imported from France, such as crystal chandeliers, granite flooring, and furnishings. Make Saigon Opera House (Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater) a part of your Ho Chi Minh City vacation plans using our Ho Chi Minh City trip builder.
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  • This is a beautiful French colonial building located at the centre of town. It was built in 1897 and was capable of accommodating more audience than its current capacity of 500 seats. It was used for ...  more »
  • We didn't know what to expect but wanted to experience some Vietnamese culture. All 4 of us were rivetted. The acrobatics left us holding our breath at times. Excellent - thanks!  more »
  • If you like a bit of history it is worth a look its a classic old building and great to see it has not been destroyed during the conflicts  more »
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  • A beautiful opera house. This area is cramped with buildings and there are constructions going on across the road. The house is undergoing renovation when I am there (Nov 2016). Renovation has been completed in July 2017 and I added a few more photos.
  • It's a beautiful house which was build decades ago. Beside the its body, there is the best tea milk for mass people who can have one glass with 10 thousand dong then enjoy the night ..
  • The building is cool. The performance hall is good. Good sound quality. Weird seats that start to fold if you sit up straight. But really I just wanted to 5-star the A O show that is usually performed inside. Anybody who dares do anything less than 5 stars for that show are out of their mind. I had tears of awe down my face within the first 5 minutes. I think there are three variations from the same people, and I've seen one before which told the story of Vietnamese history through performance. The one I saw today, well, I'm not quite sure what it was about. Perhaps showing the life of simple farmers, but dramatized to the point of absolute splendour and skill. The talent and physical prowess for each performer is through the roof. As a musician, I was very happy with the cultural music, all in tune and in time (there was a 5 second bit where they were juggling balls on drums where I noticed they were a couple of micro-seconds out of beat before correcting themselves. Most people wouldn't have a clue). The choreography is unique as is the style of the show. Absolutely faultless and genuinely one of the best things I've ever seen. As you can tell, I'm still on a high from it.
  • Beautiful on the outside ... yet comfortable and intimate on the inside. From a time almost forgotten. I shall return for another performance.
  • The show we watched "Ta Dar" was like a less abstract version of Cirque du Soleil. Interesting, but I was expecting something different. Also, I wouldn't recommend paying extra for the central zone tickets as most of the seats offer a good, unobstructed view.

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