Located in the French Quarter, Hanoi Opera House is not only a historical, artistic building but also a home to classical art lovers. In this article, everything you need when visiting the place is provided and recommended by locals. Let us show you around!
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I. Hanoi Opera House – Basic Information (TICKETS – SCHEDULE – OPENING HOURS – REGULATIONS – DRESS CODE)
No.01 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
2.For visiting inside:
- Ticket Price: VND 400.000/pax (50% discount for students)
- Opening Time: 10:30 AM every Monday and Friday.
- Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes (from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)
- Ticket booking information:
Contact to get Tickets:
(024) 3 933 0131
(024) 3 933 0113/224
OR you can buy a ticket directly at the Opera House No.01 Trang Tien Street.
Coming to the Hanoi Opera House, visitors will have about 90 minutes to explore the history of the theater, visit the exhibits associated with the theatre. After finishing the visiting tour inside the Opera House, visitors will enjoy a folk artistic repertoire at the audience room. Through this experience, visitors feel the most luxurious space of the place called “the Cathedral of art”.
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3.Hanoi Opera House Show Schedule:
The Schedule of Hanoi Opera House in 2018 is now available.
You can see the detailed show schedule here: http://hanoioperahouse.org.vn/en
There is no fixed price for tickets. It depends on what the performance you want to watch. The average price is about VND 300.000 – VND 1.000.000/ ticket.
- Well dressing is recommended.
- Tickets don’t cover children and the place is not suitable for children under 6 years old.
- Do not smoke or bring food inside the Opera House.
- Don’t use any devices to record anything without permissions.
- Switch your phone to silent mode or airline mode when performances begin.
- You are not allowed to enter the Opera House 15 minutes before performances begin.
- Keep silence while you are watching.
- If you need assistance, please find deposit room or public health room.
II. Hanoi Opera House – A golden dream of artists
Not only it is a symbol of Hanoi in many aspects but it is also the Hanoi opera house is a stage of flourishing art. So many great performances have been displayed here that it is dream of all Vietnamese artists. Invited to perform in the stage is a way to recognize their talent and contribution to art of Vietnam.
Vietnam is also well-known for traditional performing arts ranging from vocal and instrumental music, dance and theatre to pantomime, sung verse and beyond, such as: Tuong, Cheo, Mua roi nuoc (water puppets show), Four Palaces show,… If you want to discover more, you can join our free Tour which includes watching traditional performances. Or simply, take a look at our 41 Suggestions for visitors in order not to miss any must-go place in Hanoi.
Since completed, it has been the stage of various forms of music. Initially, only classical music can be performed four times per week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday such as Opera or Drama.
Nowadays, music lovers have much more choices when they come to the Opera house. No sooner had Vietnam been an opening country than many forms of music were imported to Vietnam. Therefore, on the stage of the Opera house, new performances have a chance to access to audiences.
For lovers of opera or drama people, they are satisfied with Carmen, the Secret Garden or Hamlet. They are the most performances in the world and were displayed in many countries worldwide. Should you love ballet, choose Casse Noisette or Swan Lake.
In addition, contemporary music, symphony or Vietnamese plays may bring to you relaxing minutes after the hard time of work in the weekend.
Despite being an art stage, the Hanoi opera house also has special functions for the Government. It is placed to celebrate art and cultural activities for political, social purposes or exchange culture with other countries. Conferences, seminars and press conferences under a plan of Ministry of Culture Sport and Tourism are taken place in the opera house as well.
III. Hanoi Opera House – A View Inside
It can be said that nowhere in Hanoi do you find a structure which has a perfect mixture of urban and capital architecture. So impressive the structure of the building is that everyone coming here has the same feeling – amazing. The architects were inspired by ancient Greek architecture styles and Paris opera house.
Hanoi Opera House has the own values that are worthy of standing in the list of the world’s classics. Regarding its values of architecture and landscape, the Opera House is still the oldest, most representative, most important and most artistic art form, most suitable for high-quality art programs and it meets requirements of international performances.
The Hanoi Opera House is divided into three distinct parts.
- 1st Floor: The first space at the entrance is the main hall with a T-shaped stone staircase leading up to the second floor. This is the first place to welcome guests to the theater, tile floor tiles using the stone combined with the decorative motifs in the spirit of classical, bringing a sense of luxury. Small chandeliers hanging on the wall are copper-plated in the ancient style, while the upper chandeliers are gilded with gold in a modern technology.
- 2nd Floor: There is a Mirror room that is home to important ceremonies, signing important documents and welcomes dignitaries worldwide. The floor of the room is restored according to the Mozaic technique with stones from Italy. On the wall, alternating between the open doors are large mirrors with crystal lamps, chandeliers, and furniture in the classic French style.
- 3rd Floor: A wide stage and a main auditorium with an area of 24x 24 with 870 seat surrounding give a strong impression on people. Equipped with modern equipment and designed soundproofed walls, auditorium can make you be deep in wonderful melodies worldwide.
IV. Hanoi Opera House – Wandering back in time
A historical evidence under the French colonization
Built from 1901 to 1911, it was a special project of French Government when French occupied Vietnam. An 11 year- construction in a colonial country is something which seems to be unbelievable. However, there are many other pieces of evidence proving that French colonists invested a great amount of money and workforce to this construction.
Its position was formerly a wetland area belong to two villages, Thach Tan and Tay Luong. Thus, the construction is a strenuous work. Under technical supervision of two famous architects Harley, Broyer and many comments of others architects, the work still demanded a huge workforce and materials. 300 workers were working continuously. They used 35,000 bamboo poles and concrete blocks of 0,9m thick. Besides, 12,000m3 of materials with 600 tons of iron and steel on the total area of 2600m2 are amazing figures for any construction.
Now, you may put a question “Why French decided to build an expensive building in Hanoi?”
In fact, in 1899, envoy of Hanoi – Richard decided to build a city council meeting building. The aim is entertaining. They wanted a place for Western artists to perform yearly for French colonists. Vietnamese elites were allowed to come to the house but they had to be dressed up and paid much money for tickets.
On 16/9/1945, the Golden week was held in the square to donate money, gold and necessary things for the Government when it was founded by Ho Chi Minh President.
On 2/9/1946, the Government celebrated one year anniversary of Vietnam Democratic Republic in the Opera house. At the same time, it was used to welcome Uncle Ho for the first time.
Hanoi Opera House has proved the development of Hanoi and Vietnam under the French colonization. Moreover, it is also a historical witness in those greatest days of Vietnam so there is no doubt saying it is one of the vital buildings in Hanoi.
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