Standing magnificently at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City is the Saigon Opera House, which is also known as the Municipal Theater. The building stands as one of the impressive sight in Saigon – both night & day.

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Saigon Opera House was built in 1898 by the French architect – Eugen Ferret, following the “flamboyant” style of the French Third Republic. It was phối lớn be two meters higher than the street surface with two door layers, in order lớn prevent traffic noise.

Built in parallel structure, the Opera House is located on the city’s center axis, connecting the metro station and roundabout in front of Ben Thanh market. From a distance, the Opera House looks like a beautiful gigantic đô thị gate. The architecture boasts stone-carved ornaments and statues at the entrance, crystal chandeliers, và shiny hoa cương floor at the lobby area – all built with materials imported from France. The oval auditorium with 468 seats offers good view from every seat. It is also echo-free và therefore preserves all the sound inside the theatre.

The theatre is now a venue for many high protệp tin events and cultural – entertainment activities of the city. Certified as a national relic in 2012, this magnificent building stays on top of the must-visit of Ho Chi Minch City.


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Significant historical events

January 17th, 1900: The first show of the Opera House was performed by French actors và actresses.November 18th, 1918: The first time Vietnamese organized a performance at the Opera House, which is a play mixed with Cai Luong, a theatrical genre from Southern Vietnam, often known as Vietnamese Opera.1945 – 1955: The Opera House was closed during World War II & reopened in 1955 – after the Geneva Convention (1954), và became the Southern Vietnam’s Assembly House.May,1975: it is officially named the city’s opera house.1996: Saigon Opera House is closed for renovation.December 18th, 1998: Inauguration ceremony of Saigon Opera House after 2 years renovation. The event marked300thanniversary of Ho Chi Minh City.2012: The Opera House is certified a National Relic.

Interesting facts & figures

The Opera House was built in 1898 andcarried out 3,200,000 square meters intotal areas.The theater was phối khổng lồ be two metershigher than the street surface with twodoor layers in order to lớn prevent trafficnoise.The oval auditorium with 468 seats offersgoodview from every seat. It is alsoecho-không tính tiền & therefore preserves all thesound inside thetheatre.The major renovation, which cost USD1.7 million at the time, took 2 years from1996 lớn 1998 lớn finish.

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Shows at SAIGON OPERA HOUSE


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A O Show


A vivid portrait of Vietphái nam in urbanization time, painted with chất lượng stage visuals and a touch of humor.


The name ‘A O’ derives from ‘Lang Pho’, which means ‘village và city’. The show depicts the charming beauty và cultural richness of Vietnamese life in the countryside, in contrast with the nation’s racing urbanization. The show is a unique mix of bamboo circus, acrobatic acts, dance, & theatrical visual art. The live sầu music echoes Vietnamese Southern work songs. All in all, this beautiful blkết thúc of genres creates a quality stage language, which well captures the essence of Vietnam’s fascinating culture.


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Teh Dar


Embodiment of vigorous Vietnamese tribes culture thru cirque, dance, music from tribal instruments.


Teh Dar invites audience on a venture inlớn the enchanting world of Vietnamese highlanders. Wild animal hunts, moonlit romance, jungle"s tales of death & reincarnation, are all recreated with stunning Vietnamese Bamboo Circus, daring acrobatics, and hypnotizing melody from exotic tribal instruments certified cultural heritage by UNESCO. Meaning ‘going in circle’ in the highlvà tribe K"ho"s tongue, Teh Dar embrace và preserve sầu beautiful & diverse Vietnamese tribal cultures. As the artists keep inspiring, the circle of tribal life keeps going, the cultures shall remain.


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The Mist


The essence of Southern farmers’ life expressed in sensual contemporary dance language.


The Mist tells a story Southern Vietnamese farming life, expressed through neo-classic và contemporary dance by skilled artists. Using rice cultivation as a metaphor to lớn appreciate farmers’ dedication, from their misty dawn on the fields, their hardship & will power lớn rise up from humble muddy soil, to lớn brace storms, khổng lồ the moment they arrive sầu joyously like shining pearls at harvest. The Mist is an hour of emotions, with myriad ups và downs, painted by sensational live sầu music, splendid visuals, & colorful lighting effects.


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Reviews


“A O Show - Brilliant Depiction of Vietnamese life”

This was an excellent show that depicts Vietnamese life in a most original way. If we had 1 more night in HCMC, we would definitely have sầu seen the show again. It came highly recommended by my niece who had watched the show earlier this year (2016). We...

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“A O Show - Brilliant Depiction of Vietnamese life”

This was an excellent show that depicts Vietnamese life in a most original way. If we had 1 more night in HCMC, we would definitely have sầu seen the show again. It came highly recommended by my niece who had watched the show earlier this year (2016). We would highly recommkết thúc this show. Only an hour long & very energetic. Well done to the cast.


What an amazing show! It is a definite must see in Hoi An. The performers are so athletic & their skill is exceptional. It is fast paced và enthralling. A lovely touch is their willingness khổng lồ be photographed afterwards whilst singing. The cheaper...

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What an amazing show!

What an amazing show! It is a definite must see in Hoi An. The performers are so athletic & their skill is exceptional. It is fast paced and enthralling. A lovely touch is their willingness to lớn be photographed afterwards whilst singing. The cheaper seats are great - we were in the front row!


I don"t think we completely understood the story line, however the show was very well done! It was organized, well performed and included everything from funny moments, to lớn acrobatics, to lớn dancing.The opera house where it is held is stunning và in a...

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Enjoyable

I don't think we completely understood the story line, however the show was very well done! It was organized, well performed & included everything from funny moments, to acrobatics, khổng lồ dancing.The opera house where it is held is stunning & in a very french area of Ho Chi Minch city. I wouldn't Gọi it a must see, but anyone who enjoys performance art will definitely appreciate it and I'm glad we went


This universal Form of art is an overwhelming display of the essence of Vietnam"s culture.From the begining in natural atmosphere khổng lồ the noisy urban-motorcycling.Beautyful poetic và HiPro Performance.


This exceeded my expectations, which were not low. Both my 19-year-old daughter và I really enjoyed this 1-hour show. Though we were certainly impressed by the performers, it was less "Aaahh" & "Ooohh" for us, & more interesting, fun và...

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Surprisingly fun!

This exceeded my expectations, which were not low. Both my 19-year-old daughter và I really enjoyed this 1-hour show. Though we were certainly impressed by the performers, it was less "Aaahh" & "Ooohh" for us, & more interesting, fun & entertaining.


Go and see the amazing ao show at the opera house in hochi min đô thị. Great venue & amazing show. Lets you in on some Vietnamese traditions with fantastic music và acrobatics. Not lớn be missed.


My family and i absolutely loved this show was mesmerized & amazad at the tallents these people possess ."Truly a cut above the rest" Thank you so much for the experience, the only down fall is it had khổng lồ end.Hope you bring your show khổng lồ...

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Truly a cut above the rest

My family & i absolutely loved this show was mesmerized and amazad at the tallents these people possess ."Truly a cut above the rest" Thank you so much for the experience, the only down fall is it had khổng lồ end.Hope you bring your show lớn Australia one day...........from the Bailey family kalgoorlie australia


I went along with no expectations và I was blown away by the talent of the performers and the choreography. A must see for people in the area.


This is a wonderful 1-hour show, that includes modern acrobatics, Vietnam-style.The main theme of the show are traditional Vietnamese baskets and big sticks.The acrobats vì chưng an absolutely WONDERFUL job in entertaining the audience, while...

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A great show and VERY talented acrobats.

This is a wonderful 1-hour show, that includes modern acrobatics, Vietnam-style.The main theme of the show are traditional Vietnamese baskets & big sticks.The acrobats vày an absolutely WONDERFUL job in entertaining the audience, while performing jaw-dropping acrobatic routines.While there is very little connection between the different acts, the enthusiasm of the dancers hóa trang for it.We got seats C1 and C3, which are on the 3rd row of the theater (they are called "Ohh" tickets). The tickets were 840,000 VND (apx. 37US$) & were totally worth it.Notice that photography is not allowed during the show (distractions from the audience might literally endanger the acrobats).Do not miss taking a photo lớn with the performers when the show is over - the entire cast comes down khổng lồ the entrance of the opera house & is more than happy to take photos và selfies with the audience.Bottom line - an absolute MUST attraction to lớn enjoy while in Ho Chi Minch.


Fascinating shows

One of the most fascinating shows i have ever seen. Well done!!


A "new" type of circus

Despite some noticeable flaws, this show reflected Vietnam"s modern culture with quirky và cheerful atmosphere lớn it. À Ố has the potential, if not one of the must-watch show if you ever come to Saigon. This show is recommended for families as this...

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A "new" type of circus

Despite some noticeable flaws, this show reflected Vietnam's modern culture with quirky & cheerful atmosphere to lớn it. À Ố has the potential, if not one of the must-watch show if you ever come khổng lồ Saigon. This show is recommended for families as this show have minimal to none verbal context, & at its core, a "new" type of circus


The Saigon show was splendid. It had a meditative unique. Haven"t seen such choreography of late in India. The youthful energy was rewarding & inspiring