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Opera House (Nha Hat Lon)

1 Trang Tien St, Hanoi, Vietnam
84 04 9330113
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As featured in 3 days in Hanoi
Ranked #27 of 94 attractions in Hanoi
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Theaters
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: This leading performance hall is famous for being an architectural mimic of the grand Paris Opera.
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Ghaziabad, India
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The imposing Opera House located on the August Revolution Square. The French colonialists built Hanoi’s opera house during the first decade of the 20th century. The Renaissance-style building was modelled on the Palais Garnier, the older of Paris’ two opera houses, and is one of the city’s architectural landmarks. Today the opera house remains active, hosting many of the most... More

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Kuala Lumpur
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We arrived here walking on a hot and humid morning from Old Quarter but other than the impressive building, there's nothing much you can do. We weren't allowed to go in as it was closed for renovation (that's what we were told by the person who seems to be the gatekeeper) and there was no proper signage or at least... More

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Hanoi
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

You think you can come in and visit it freely but you can't. What a pity because the Opera House's managers should let visitors check it out and not open it only on occasion of a performance just for money... Nonetheless, it is indeed an impressive fruit of French architecture!

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Gateshead, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We didn't go inside, but would have loved to have seen the internal design, but did stand and admire this building from the streets. Architecturally it is wonderful and the colour simply superb. We headed for this place as there are other interesting sights in the vicinity and I was not disappointed. Only wish I could have got inside.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

You can't go inside and from outside it's just another nice French building in Hanoi. It's impressive but I wanted and expected to be able to come in and take a look. You will no doubt walk past it in your Hanoi wandering - let it come to you and not the other way round is my advice.

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Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Opera House was build by French Administration during their presence in Vietnam. Cosmos Travel Vietnam Co.,Ltd strongly believes that travelers should have a look at this great master-piece in term of architecture. This is one of some heritages which remark French architecture: Hanoi Opera House, Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi, Trang Tien Bridge in Hue, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post... More

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Pasig, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This is an interesting place, but you cannot go in if you're not going to a show. But the structure is amazing view from the outside so it makes a good backdrop for your picture.

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Toronto, Canada
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

French colonial architecture makes this building attractive, but it is the musical performances that are the icing on the cake. If you can take in an event at the opera house, you shouldn't pass on the opportunity. Built in the early 20th centre, the place echoes with a hundred years of history ... surviving and thriving to this day. I... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Big run down old building, despite asking wouldn't let visitors in which made it a waste of time or a let down or both. Show the love ......

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The opera house was part of our exploration of that area of Hanoi where it resembles more of the traditional European setting. The building is impressive as others around the area. We were not able to enter but that was fine with us. However we returned the next night for the Earth Hour Celebration with a few other thousands. The... More

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