The Saigon Opera House

The Saigon Opera House is one of the two top venues in Vietnam to listen to opera and classical music. The other one is the Hanoi Opera House.

One of Ho Chi Minh City's most prominent landmarks, the Saigon Opera House was custom built in 1897 by the French architect Eugene Ferret. In 1955 it was transformed into South Vietnam's Assembly House and has undergone several refurbishments since. It is only open to the public during events.

Sightseeing and Relaxation

Great photo opportunities await travelers who seek out the Saigon Opera House, as the building is a fine example of French colonial architecture. Take a seat and watch the action of Saigon whiz by. The Opera House is surrounded by a wide, tree-lined boulevard which is so oddly European that you may need to remind yourself that you are in Ho Chi Minh City, not Paris.

Saigon Opera House

Performances and Tickets

The best way to experience this legendary monument is by enjoying one of their shows. The Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera performs here. The currently most famous show you can watch at the Saigon Opera House is the AO Show, a blend of Cirque du Soleil and traditional Vietnamese elements.

To buy a ticket , you can go directly to the venue, in District 1, or book at every travel agency in Ho Chi Minh City.

For information on performances and actual events at the Opera House, check out their website at Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera or visit the box office which is open every day from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Entrance Fee

Since the Opera House is only open to the public during events and performances, there is no actual entrance fee. Simply purchase a ticket for one of the shows. The price varies, depending on time, event and seat.

History of The Saigon Opera House

This famous landmark was built in 1897 by French architect Eugène Ferret, who also was responsible for the beautiful  Sanremo Casino on the Italian riviera, as the Opėra de Saigon. The 800 seats of the Saigon Opera House served the Lower House assembly of South Vietnam after 1956. 1975 the building served it's true purpose as a theatre again and was restored one more time in 1995.

Building Activities

At the moment, the construction site for the upcoming subway is dominating the area.


The Archbishop's Palace

With its imposing exterior, replete with wooden shutters and balconies, the Archbishop's Palace was originally built in 1790 for the French Bishop of Adran, it was relocated in 1946 to its current site. This colonial wonder is one of the best maintained examples of French architecture in Saigon.

If you want to visit a fine example of HCMC colonial architecture, look no further than The Archbishop's Palace. The property is located on Nguyen Dinh Chieu in District 3, Saigon. Its original appearance and shape have not been altered for over 200 years. 

On the same site, you will also be able to view a smaller wooden house, which is regarded to be the oldest building in Saigon. In 1980, workmen replaced the insides of the insect-eaten pillar wood with reinforced concrete. They managed to keep the outer wood shell though, so the appearance is one of antiquity.


Saigon beauty

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