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Saigon Opera House

This stunning theater, with its glistening white architecture and curved lines, makes it easy to forget that you are in Ho Chi Minh City and not in Paris.

Whether you are a cultural enthusiast or simply appreciate beautiful architecture, the Saigon Opera House is a sight not to be missed. Also known as The Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City, this gleaming white landmark is a visual reminder that Saigon was the capital of French Indochina at the turn of the 20th century.

Observe the building’s majestic design, influenced by French colonialism. Its roof and all of its ornamental pieces were flown in from Paris and all of its décor and furnishings were designed by a French artist. 

After World War I, criticisms of the theater’s French appearance impelled the city to remove the decorations, statues and engravings that adorned the outside of the opera house. To celebrate Ho Chi Minh City’s 300th birthday in 1998, the Saigon Opera House was restored to its original splendor.  Admire the white statues at the entrance, colorful tiled floors and opulent chandeliers.

Besides opera, Saigon Opera House hosts a variety of shows, from ballets to plays to traditional Vietnamese dance. Find a performance to pique your interest and enjoy a few hours of entertainment in this beautiful venue. Enjoy the view from your seat in the grand,which can fit 1800 patrons.

The Saigon Opera House is located in the heart of the bustling District 1 area. It is only open to the public during events. Purchase tickets at the box office or at the venue itself.

Other relics of French Colonial rule, such as Saigon Notre Dame Basilica and Reunification Palace, are within easy walking distance. Looking out at the wide tree-lined boulevard that surrounds Saigon Opera House, you may need to remind yourself that you are in Vietnam and not France.


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Lodging Near Opera House

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$124
New World Saigon Hotel

New World Saigon Hotel

76 Le Lai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
4.2
of 5, from 910 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Ho Chi Minh City, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Zen Plaza and September 23 Park. Ben Thanh Market and Tao Dan Park are also within 15 minutes.

$102
Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon

Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon

2A-4A Ton Duc Thang Street, Ho Chi Minh City
4.5
of 5, from 860 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Overlooking the Saigon River, this luxury hotel is in Dong Khoi's neighborhood within blocks of Saigon Centre, the HCM City Zoo and City Hall, Opera House, and Notre Dame Cathedral. The Reunification Palace and Ben Thanh Market are within 2 km (1 mi).

$143
Rex Hotel

Rex Hotel

141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, Ho Chi Minh City
4.3
of 5, from 1,568 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Ho Chi Minh City, this luxury hotel is steps from Ho Chi Minh City Hall, Ho Chi Minh City Hall Square, and Saigon Tax Trade Center. Parkson Plaza and Vincom Center Shopping Mall are also within 5 minutes.

$62
Papaya Saigon Central Hotel

Papaya Saigon Central Hotel

157 Le Thanh Ton, Ho Chi Minh City
4.3
of 5, from 9 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Ho Chi Minh City, this hotel is steps from Taka Plaza and Benthanh Street Food Market. Saigon Square and Museum of Ho Chi Minh City are also within 5 minutes.

$67
Bay Hotel Ho Chi Minh

Bay Hotel Ho Chi Minh

7 Ngo Van Nam Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
4.1
of 5, from 432 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bach Dang Riverside, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ton Duc Thang Museum and Vincom Center Shopping Mall. Parkson Plaza and Bach Dang Wharf are also within 15 minutes.

$129
Hotel Majestic Saigon

Hotel Majestic Saigon

01 Dong Khoi Street District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
4.3
of 5, from 1,722 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bach Dang Riverside, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bach Dang Wharf and Lucky Plaza. Saigon Skydeck and Bitexco Financial Tower are also within 10 minutes.

$26
Pavilion Hotel

Pavilion Hotel

43 Le Anh Xuan Str., Ho Chi Minh City
3.0
of 5, from 20 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Ho Chi Minh City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mariamman Temple, Ben Thanh Market, and Zen Plaza. Saigon Square and Saigon Skydeck are also within 15 minutes.

$115
Caravelle Saigon

Caravelle Saigon

19 - 23 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
4.5
of 5, from 847 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps from Opera House and Ho Chi Minh City Hall Square. Parkson Plaza and Independence Palace are also within 15 minutes.