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Hanoi Opera House

Ha noi opera house
Ha noi opera house
Ha noi opera house
Ha noi opera house

Standing in the heart of Hanoi, the opera house was located in a beautiful intersection downtown, where five main city roads lead to. The building was completed in 1911 after 10 years of construction, by two French architects, Broyer and V. Harley, resembling the Opéra Garnier de Paris.

The building is 34 meters above the ground and carried out in a total area of 2600 square meters with the 87-meter length and 30-meter width. Its design is strongly influenced by the French architecture style from 19th century. The front facade impresses passerby with French neo-classical design shuttered windows, wrought iron balconies and tiled friezes. The interior design of Hanoi Opera overwhelms visitors with T-shape white marble staircase centered with red carpet, crystal chandeliers, large wall mirrors, Corinthian columns and colorful dome by colorful murals and reliefs.

The auditorium is 24 x 24 meters with three seat floors that include 589 velvet seats. Second and third floor are dedicated for private box seats. The building also has one meeting room called 'Mirror Room', 18 make-up rooms, two rooms for voice training, and a library in the back.

In 1995, the building was restored in preparation for the 1997 summit of La Francophonie, which cost the government nearly 14 million US dollars.

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Significant historical events

  • August 17th 1945: Meeting in front of the Opera House celebrated the establishment of Viet Minh (National Liberation Front). A red flag with a gold star was installed on the second floor balcony of the opera house.
  • August 19th 1945: The Viet Bac (Liberation Army) came to Hanoi and went through the Opera House area. Tens of thousands of the masses revolted to seize power in the capital.
  • September 16th 1945: The theatre held Golden Week, which was to call for support and donation for the government.
  • March 5th 1946: The National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam held its first meeting under the Opera House’s roof.
  • September 2nd 1946: 1 year anniversary meeting of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and it was the first day President Ho Chi Minh set foot in the Hanoi Opera House.
  • From October 28th to November 9th 1946: Second meeting of the National Assembly that decided to adopt the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

Interesting facts and figures

  • The building took 10 years to be completed from 1901 to 1911.
  • The building is 34 meters above the ground and carried out in a total area of 2600 square meters with the 87-meter length and 30-meter width.
  • The auditorium is 24 x 24 meters with three seat floors that include 589 velvet seats.
  • In 1995, the government spent nearly 14 million US dollars to restore the opera house.
  • The building was acclaimed as Nation Relic, on its 100th birthday, December 9th 2011.

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