Built in 1898, the magnificent Saigon Opera House is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most elegant landmarks. Also known as the Municipal Theatre, it hosts a colourful calendar of cultural and entertainment events that attract both locals and tourists alike.
The building itself was designed by French architect Eugene Ferret, who spared no expense when it came to extravagance. The theatre reflects the flamboyant style of the French Third Republic, featuring carved stone ornaments, gleaming crystal chandeliers and a glossy granite floor. All materials were imported from France, which helped to establish its inauguration as a national relic in 2012.
The Saigon Opera House sits in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, which makes it an easy walk from most major attractions. It’s just minutes from the grand Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, as well as other tourism hubs like the War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum and Saigon Centre.
True to its roots, the Opera House’s debut show was performed by a French troupe in 1900. November 1918 marked a historic milestone for the venue, with Vietnamese artists organising a performance for the very first time. The shows are hugely popular, with all 468 seats regularly selling out.