Standing tall through the years the Hanoi Opera House has been around for quite a long time now. It is one of the best places for some entertainment here and a much-loved monument by the locals. Here are a few facts about the attraction.
Located just a 10-minute drive away from Pan Pacific Hanoi which is a popular hotel in Hanoi, this building has a colonial feel to it on the outside. It was erected back in 1901 and covers about 2.600m2. Shows are still hosted here.
The project is said to have been proposed by Mr Richard, the Ambassador of Hanoi at the time. The edifice was designed by 2 famous architects, Broyer and Harlay. They took inspiration from Greek and Gothic architecture to come up with the building that is today.
A long time ago, this place was thought to be a luxurious hall of entertainment, and indeed it was! Only the French who were living in Vietnam and just a handful of rich Vietnamese could afford to go for shows. Troupes would perform dramas, orchestra, chamber music and more of the classical entertainment.
Even today, though more people can afford to now watch shows at the Hanoi Opera House, there are a certain set of rules that even the audience needs to follow. For instance, you will have to switch your phone to silent mode, food and drink are not allowed inside and you must be dressed in formal attire.