Municipal Theatre of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) aka Opera House (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam). Tourist place you can't miss during your Vietnam trip. Junction Dong Khoi (duong Dong Khoi) and Le Loi street (duong Le Loi). French colonial style.

Municipal Theatre Saigon

Municipal Theatre Saigon. Ho Chi Minh city. Vietnam.


Opera House Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city). Vietnam.


Some of the tourist places you can not miss during your trip to Vietnam is the Municipal Theatre, also known as the Opera House. Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, district 1 (see Saigon city map), this building was built in 1897 by the architect Félix Olivier, and it is a fine example of the French colonial style.


Municipal Theatre Saigon
Municipal Theatre Saigon

Municipal Theatre of Saigon. Vietnam
Municipal Theatre of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Vietnam


Municipal Theatre Saigon. Ho Chi Minh city
Municipal Theatre Saigon. Ho Chi Minh city

Opera House. Saigon
Opera House. Saigon

Located on Dong Khoi Street (đường Đồng Khởi in Vietnamese), a privileged place, because just a couple of blocks away you can visit the Ho Chi Minh City Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Post Office (Ben Thanh market is a little further, around 10 minutes walking).

Opera House. Ho Chi Minh City
Opera House. Ho Chi Minh City

Features of the Municipal Theatre

The design of Saigon Opera House main entrance, the architects were inspired by the Little Palace of Paris (Petit Palais), following the guidelines of the III Republic.

The Opera House currently has 500 seats and this place is used for artistic performances and major events since 1975 (formerly used as a temporary residence of French civilians who had to emigrate from North Vietnam after the signing of the Geneva Accords).

Note that this building was renovated in 1995 and subsequently in 2009, was equipped with an outdoor lighting system, installed on the roof of the Opera House.

Saigon Opera House
Saigon Opera House


Opera House surrondings

The Opera House of Ho Chi Minh City is located in one of the best places of Saigon, the streets Dong Khoi (Đồng Khởi) and one main street of the city, Le Loi (Lê Lợi).

Le Loi and Dong Khoi junction. Saigon (Vietnam)
Le Loi and Dong Khoi junction

Around the Opera House, we have two 5 stars deluxe category: the Caravelle Hotel and the Metropolitan Hotel, top brands shops as Louis Vuitton, shopping malls like Parkson and in the distance, the tallest skyscraper of the city, Bitexco Financial Tower.

Caravelle Hotel. Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Caravelle Hotel. Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

Metropolitan Hotel. Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Metropolitan Hotel. Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

In front of the Opera, a small green park where panels hanging from a metal structure, compose a hallway and a showroom, where we usually can admire collection of pictures and information about the history, culture and tradition of Vietnam (available in several languages).

Pictures exhibition in front of the Opera House. Ho Chi Minh city. Vietnam
Pictures exhibition in front of the Opera House. Ho Chi Minh city. Vietnam

Park in front of the Municipal Theatre of Saigon
Park in front of the Municipal Theatre of Saigon

Exhibition in front of the Municipal Theatre of Saigon
Exhibition in front of the Municipal Theatre of Saigon

Images of Municipal Theatre of Saigon

This is a collection of photos of the Opera House in Saigon, where you can admire the exterior decoration, the statues that decorate the columns, the outdoor lighting...
During the rush hour, thousands of motorcycles will cross this place (I recommend reading the post on board camera on a motorcycle in Saigon to know what we mean).

Opera House. Saigon (Vietnam)
Opera House. Saigon (Vietnam)

Ho Chi Minh City's Opera
Ho Chi Minh City's Opera

Parkson shopping mall from the Opera House. Ho Chi Minh city
Parkson shopping mall from the Opera House. Ho Chi Minh city

Videos of the Municipal Theatre of Saigon

This is a 360º video where you can see the Opera House and its surroundings at night time. It is highly recommended to visit the Opera House at nightfall, in order to be able to enjoy the outdoor lighting system that the Vietnamese people (funded by the French city of Lyon) has given this building.



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