Feel the ancient and modern breath at Saigon Opera House
Saigon was once known as the pearl of the Far East and is an important economic and military position. Therefore, this city contains many historical landmarks from the time of the war against colonialism and imperialist aggression.
On the Mekong Delta and Saigon full-day tour, there are a number of buildings that you can explore to know history through long-standing architecture. Do you know what is the most outstanding ones?
Located in the city center, Saigon Opera House is one of the places you should not miss here. Let's explore it with us!
Where is Saigon Opera House located?
Ho Chi Minh City Opera House is also known briefly as City Theater or Opera House. This is a place to organize and perform art items and can be used to organize a number of major events that attract a lot of people to visit.
Ho Chi Minh Opera House is located at 7 Cong Truong Lam Son Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1. It is one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City in the style of Western architecture. Saigon Opera House is one of the typical architectural and cultural works of the city today.
The front of the theater faces Cong Truong Lam Son and Dong Khoi Streets. And next to them are two big hotels, Caravelle and Continental. With a convenient location in the city center, the theater is not only a venue for events but also an interesting tourist attraction that appeals to many tourists to visit and admire.
Saigon Opera House
History of Saigon Opera House
In 1863, troupes from France came to perform here. At first, they performed at the wooden house of the admiral of the fleet at the Dong Ho Square (Place de LHorloge) on the corner of Nguyen Du - Dong Khoi streets today. After that, the Opera House started construction in 1898.
In the early 1900, the theater was inaugurated solemnly. The facade of the theater is decorated with many statues and embossed statues.
Between the first world war and the second world war, in order to bring the singing troupes from France to perform here, the city of Saigon had to subsidize a lot. So many people suggested using the theater as a venue for French bands. The revised project was launched in 1943, after which the theater facade was repaired as we see it today.
Experiencing many events of history, up to now, Ho Chi Minh City Opera House has been somewhat damaged. Until 1955, the theater was renovated but used as the House of Commons of the Republic of Vietnam government.
And after 1975, the theater was reverted to its original function of performing arts. On the occasion of 300 years of Saigon - Gia Dinh, in 1998, the government of Ho Chi Minh City decided to renovate the Opera House with the motto of preserving the original architectural style.
A show at the opera house
Therefore, the decoration and sculpture on the facade, such as the statue of the art goddess, flower lines, etc., have been restored to the status quo compared to nearly 100 years ago.
The architecture of Saigon Opera House
The Saigon Opera House is also an architectural counterweight with the Hanoi Opera House. The authors of this ancient building are the architects Ernest Guichard, Eugène Ferret, and Félix Olivier. It was built in 1900 in the "flamboyant" architecture of the Third French Republic.
The front door of the great theater is influenced by the art of the Petit Palais Museum appearing the same year in France. Inside is a modern design with full equipment for sound and light. In addition to the ground floor, there are two more floors with a capacity of up to 1800 seats.
All the decoration, reliefs on the facade and interior of the theater were drawn by a famous painter in France, similar to the model of the theaters in France in the late 19th century. The system of arches with raised protruding railings is designed with bold French classical architecture.
Inside the Saigon Opera House
Whether you are a culture lover or simply looking at the beautiful architecture, Saigon Opera House will be an indispensable stop for you on a wonderful Mekong Delta break from Saigon. This beautiful architectural work has contributed to increasing the elegance and charm of Ho Chi Minh City. If you need further information, don’t hesitate to let us know. Please like and share the article with others if you find it useful. Thank you.