Hanoi Opera House - Hanoi's Most Popular Areas

The Hanoi Opera House, or the Grand Opera House (Vietnamese: Nhà hát lớn Hà Nội, French: Opéra de Hanoï) is an opera house in central Hanoi, Vietnam. It was erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911.

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How To Reach Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Opera House is located at No.1 Trang Tien street on the August Revolution Square, the center of Hanoi, near Hoan Kiem Lake and the Vietnam History Museum.

In case your hotel is not within walking distance, you can rent a motorbike or call for a Grab bike or car, a popular alternative to Uber in South East Asia, who can take you to the Opera House. Another option is the newly introduced double-decker city bus that drops you off at Opera House Square. This is a convenient and cheap public transport option, allowing you to admire the city better.

Important Information 

Research well about particular performances and book tickets for them well in advance online so you don’t miss out on a chance.

Check out the Hanoi Opera House show schedule here: http://hanoioperahouse.org.vn/en

The price of show tickets ranges from VND 100,000 to VND 500,00, with VIP seats costing up to VND 2,000,000.

If you plan to explore on your own, chances are you will end up only seeing the Opera House from outside.

There are many tour companies that offer a two-hour tour that takes you inside the Opera House, gives you detailed information about the history and gives you plenty of time to admire the interiors. Although, these could be somewhat expensive.

For some drama today, book ahead for a performance here, or take a 50-minute tour (at 2.30pm, 3.30pm or 4.30pm). Most weekends you’ll see Hanoi wedding couples getting photographed on the elegant front steps.


Started in 1901 by two designers V.Harley and Broyer, the Hanoi Opera House took 10 years to get completed finally in 1911. The theatre has seen many significant historical events of the August Revolution and Vietnam Democratic Republic. 

In 1946, the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam had its first meeting under the Opera House roof. In October of the same year, the constitution for the Democratic Republic of Vietnam was passed here too. For the 1997 summit of La Francophonie, the building went under restoration in 1995. 

In the past, the theatre was known to solely host Western artists and some wealthy Vietnamese. Some popular artists who have performed here are Hilary Hahn, cellist Yo-yo Ma, pianist Wolfgang Glemser and conductor Gudni Emilsson. The building was acclaimed as a National Relic on its 100th birthday on December 9th, 2011.


Style: Baroque (Roma)
Architect: Broyer, V. Harley and Francois Lagisquet in June, 7th 1901.
Opened: December, 9th 1911
Dimensions: Length 87m/ Width 30m/ Height 34m.
Area: 2,600m2
Seating capacity: 870 (600 seats in the current layout)
Valuable: 2 million Francs
Daily workers: 300 people
Bamboo poles: 35,000 pieces
Materials: 12,000m3
Iron and steel: 600 tons

The Opera House is an old theatre with French architecture and typical Gothic and Mosaic characters mirrored on the door domes and the glassed room respectively. 

There are 3 main parts in this building: the Lobby, Main audience room and Mirror room. The main lobby is the first place welcome visitors enter the house. It was made by the high-quality stone of Italy like the great tapestry. All small chandelier system is brass plated make this part become more luxury. 

Inside the opera house are a large stage and a main audience room with a size of 24x24m, with many small rooms for audience on the central floor. At the back of the Opera House is a management chamber consisting of 18 make-up rooms, 2 rooms for voice training, 1 library and 1 meeting room. The Main Audience is paved with high quality tiles and fireproof carpet. Seats are designed in classical French style of the nineteenth century. Mirror room is ritual room that frequent welcome high officials of the Party and State, the head of state.

Nowaday Hanoi Operahouse is stage for or all types of artistic performances, from folk music and songs, ballets and piano to classical opera, reformed opera, Vietnamese operetta and drama. The Hanoi Opera House is a worthy artistic centre and architectural relic of the capital.
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