Standing magnificently at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City is the Saigon Opera House, also known as Municipal Theater. Just a few blocks away from the Notre Dame Cathedral and Ho Chi Minh’s People committee, on the busy intersection of Dong Khoi and Le Loi, the building stands as one of the impressive sight in Saigon – both night and day.
The Saigon Opera House was built in 1898 by Eugene Ferret following the “flamboyant” style of the French Third Republic. It was set to be around two meters higher than the land surface at the time, and equipped with two door layers, in order to prevent traffic noise.
The theatre is now been used as a host for many high profile events as well as cultural and entertainment activities of the city. Considered as national relic, the Opera House only opened to public during events and shows. Hence, while staying in Ho Chi Minh City, it is worthwhile to check for show schedule, grab a ticket and come early to discover this magnificent building.