13 Jan 2021

It can be said that Hanoi Opera House is the subconscious place of many Hanoi people, which has unique architecture, exquisite performances and, most importantly, it is a familiar destination for many international tourists.

Table Contents
  • I – Overview of Opera Hanoi House: history, location and function
  • 1 - History 
  • 2 – How to get to the French Opera House Hanoi?
  • 3 - Function 
  • 4 - Famous performances that have been held here
  • II - The Hanoi Opera House architecture
  • III - Guide to visiting the Opera House in Hanoi
  • 1 – Booking for Hanoi Opera House tickets
  • 2 - Dress code
  • 3 – Opening and closing time
  • 4 – Performances
  • 5 - What to do near the Opera House in Hanoi?
  • 6 – Hotels near the Opera House in Hanoi
Hanoi Opera House title

The Opera House, better known as the Grand Opera House, is located at No. 01 Trang Tien Street, Phan Chu Trinh Ward, Hoan Kiem District - right in the center of Hanoi.

I – Overview of Opera Hanoi House: history, location and function

1 - History 

This construction was started under French administration in 1901 with the original purpose of serving the French mandarins or the upper classes and some Vietnamese bourgeois. Originally, it was expected to be completed after 18 months at a cost of about 600,000 francs at the time.
However, the amount of money to build the theater amounted to more than 2,000,000 francs and until 10 years (1911) were they able to complete the "most beautiful Indochina architectural art". The Hanoi Opera House has existed for more than a century, overcoming many ups and downs of history with the capital, but still seems to retain the classic and luxurious beauty that it has inherently possessed. 

The Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Opera House in the past (Source: Vietravel)

2 – How to get to the French Opera House Hanoi?

You can travel to the Opera House by the following means: motorbike, bus or taxi.
If traveling by motorbike, you can park their car at Co Tan Flower Garden, located to the left of the Opera House, at a price of 10,000 VND / bike.
If you choose to take a bus, you can refer to the following buses:
Bus route 02 stops at the station on Trang Tien Street (opposite 1A Trang Tien), a 2-minute walk from the theater.
Detailed route: Bac Co (Tran Khanh Du Parking Lot) - Tran Khanh Du (bottom line) - Tran Hung Dao - Le Thanh Tong - Trang Tien - Hang Khay - Trang Thi - Dien Bien Phu - Tran Phu - Chu Van An - Ton Duc Thang - O Cho Dua - O Cho Dua - Nguyen Luong Bang – Nga Tu So - Yen Nghia Bus Station.
Bus route 34 gets off at the station on Phan Chu Trinh Street (opposite 6C Phan Chu Trinh), about 300m from the Opera House.
Detailed route: My Dinh Bus Station - Pham Hung - Cau Giay - Kim Ma - Nguyen Thai Hoc - Phan Boi Chau - Ly Thuong Kiet - Quang Trung - Hai Ba Trung - Phan Chu Trinh - Ly Thai To - Ngo Quyen - Goods Lime - Hang Tre - Hang Muoi - Tran Nhat Duat - Long Bien (the turning point in front of Hang Khoai Street) - Nguyen Van Cu - Nguyen Son - Gia Lam Bus Station.
Bus 86 stops at the station on Ly Thuong Kiet Street (in front of the three-way intersection of Le Thanh Tong - 100m - Ly Thuong Kiet), about 400m from the Grand Opera House Hanoi
Detailed route: Hanoi Railway Station - Le Duan - Nguyen Du - Tran Hung Dao - Ly Thuong Kiet - Hang Bai - Bo Ho - Tran Nguyen Han - Hang Voi - Hang Tre - Hang Muoi - Tran Nhat Duat - Transfer Point Long Bien - Au Co - Nhat Tan Bridge - Vo Nguyen Giap - Domestic Terminal T1 (Lobby A, B, E - 2nd floor of departure station) - Vo Nguyen Giap - T2 International Terminal (Lobby A1, A2 - 2nd floor of departure) - Overpass Vo Nguyen Giap - Turn at the opening in front of Air Cargo Services Company - Entrance Terminal T1 - Noi Bai Airport (dropping passengers off and parking at T1 bus terminal of Noi Bai Airport)

3 - Function 

The Opera house in Hanoi

Performing arts at The Opera House  (Source: Hanoioperahouse)

The Opera House in Hanoi is the venue for cultural and artistic performances. This can be considered as the intersection of art cultures around the world while all kinds of unique arts are converged such as ballets; opera nights, jazz music, chamber music; symphonies, recitals; plays, pantomimes, operas, etc.

4 - Famous performances that have been held here

Here are some famous performances that have been held: the opera "Nguoi Tac Tuong" (October 5, 2019), the dance "Hanoi opera house swan lake" (October 7, 2019), Trinh Cong Son music nights, the classic opera La Bohème performed by artists of Australian Theater and Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra (April 10, 2016), etc. Specially, tourists that love exploring Vietnamese culture should not miss the show “My Village” at the Opera House. The impressive showcase combines acrobatics, traditional dance and music. 

II - The Hanoi Opera House architecture

Hanoi Opera house architectura 

The Hanoi Opera House architecture (Source: Hanoi TV)

The Opera House is the total, subtle blend of diverse architectural features. The French built it based on the inspiration of the ancient Greek architecture of the Gothic style, the architecture of the Tuylory castle and the Opera de Paris.
The Opera House space is divided into 3 main parts.
The first part is the main lobby. The entrance is characterized by the classic French art with intricate and sophisticated carvings. Inside is the place where the reception activities take place, including a large T-shaped staircase in the middle of the lobby leading to the 2nd floor, which is covered with red carpet embroidered with luxurious classical patterns. In addition, the lobby is also decorated with the most lavish chandelier system including small beams on both sides plated with copper and the large chandelier in the centre elaborately gold-plated.
The second floor of the Opera House in Hanoi is the mirror room - where important events such as signing ceremonies or receptions of senior figures take place. The floor of the room is made of Italian stone using Mosaic technique. Surrounding the room are large mirrors interposed with doors. The ceiling is decorated with gold-plated chandeliers and suspension lamps. All illustrate the elegance and splendor and reflect the classic French features.
The Opera House's main performance room is located on the 3rd floor, including a large stage in which 3 floors of chairs are designed in a classic French style and the floor is luxuriously tiled and carpeted. The capacity of the room is 598 seats. The artisans decorated the room elaborately with Corinthian columns supporting a large arch and colorful frescoes, alternated with embossed reliefs and a large crystal chandelier inlaid with gold.

III - Guide to visiting the Opera House in Hanoi

1 – Booking for Hanoi Opera House tickets

The ticket price is 400,000 VND ~ 17 USD. Students are entitled to a 50% discount.
Tickets for art performances range from 500,000 - 4,000,000 VND ~ 21.5 - 173 USD / ticket and might be higher on special shows and events.
You can book tickets through the hotline 096 166 9988, via the hanoi opera house website or buy directly at No. 1 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem District.

2 - Dress code

Tourists or locals when visiting and enjoying art at the Opera House should wear politely: pants and skirts should be knee-length, shirts should have sleeves, sandals or scanty dresses are not recommended.

3 – Opening and closing time

Opening hours: Monday and Friday from 10:30 am to 12 pm. 

4 – Performances

See details of art performances here on Hanoi Opera House shows web page
Note: The programmes are not suitable for children under 6 years old. 

5 - What to do near the Opera House in Hanoi?

The main entrance of the Opera House opens a wide crossroads. On weekends, this will be a gathering place for many people, who will come here to relieve the summer heat, take photos and take walks. Tourists here can communicate and talk with young people, so that you can better understand Vietnamese culture and people, and you can find a soul mate. Alternatively, you can find a water shop on the sidewalk and enjoy iced tea, Lao-smoking and peanut candy etc., for 10,000-30,000 VND/person (US $0.5-1.20).
Beside that, the Opera House is located in the city center, within a radius of 1km around famous tourist attractions of Hanoi. After enjoying the art performances, visitors can have a stroll by Hoan Kiem Lake - the symbol of the capital or visit surrounding locations such as Ngoc Son Temple, Hanoi Old Quarter,..just within 1km radius.

6 – Hotels near the Opera House in Hanoi

If you would like to choose a resting place close to the Opera House, the following hotels are highly recommended:
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Metropole Hotel near Hanoi Opera House

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (Source: Vietnamplus)

The hotel is located at 15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem, only 500m from the Opera House. This is a high-class 5 star hotel, bringing the breath of old French architecture. The room rate for 1 night is usually from 4,000,000 VND (~ 173USD). If you would like to book a room, please contact (+84) 24 3826 6919 or visit the website 
Hilton Hanoi opera house hotel

Hilton Hanoi Opera House Hotel

Hilton Hanoi Opera (Source: Hilton)

Hilton Hanoi Opera is located at 01 Le Thanh Tong Street, Hoan Kiem and it only takes 2 minutes to go to the Opera House Hanoi. With only 2,000,000 VND ~ 87 USD, you will have a 1 night stay at the top quality hotel in Hanoi. Please contact (+84) 243 933 0500 or visit to book a room. 
Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi - MGallery

MGallery hotel near Hanoi Opera House

Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi - MGallery (Source: All.accor)

Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi - MGallery is a famous 5-star hotel in Hanoi, located at 29 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem, in the heart of the city center. 
Room rates here range from VND 2,000,000 ~ USD 87 / night.
Contact: Phone: +84 24 6282 5555

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