Standing magnificently at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City is the Opera House of Ho Chi Minh City, which is also known as the Municipal Theater. The building stands as one of the impressive sight in Saigon – both night and day.
Saigon Opera House was built in 1898 by the French architect – Eugene Ferret, following the “flamboyant” style of the French Third Republic. It was set to be two meters higher than the street surface with two door layers, in order to 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 city gate. The architecture boasts stone-carved ornaments and statues at the entrance, crystal chandeliers, and shiny granite 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 and therefore preserves all the sound inside the theatre.
The theatre is now a venue for many high profile 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 Minh City.
Interesting facts and figures abuot The Opera Houser of Ho Chi Minh City
• The Opera House was built in 1898 and carried out 3,200,000 square meters in total areas.
• The theater was set to be two meters higher than the street surface with two door layers in order to prevent traffic noise.
• The oval auditorium with 468 seats offers good view from every seat. It is also echo-free and therefore preserves all the sound inside the theatre.
• The major renovation, which cost USD 1.7 million at the time, took 2 years from 1996 to 1998 to finish.
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