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    The Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon Opera House ("Nhà hát lớn Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh") is one of the signature of French architecture during the colonial period situated in the center of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City today).

    The Municipal Theatre, a smaller counterpart of the Hanoi Opera House,  had been built in 1898 and officially open on 1st January 1990 with the aim to be an entertainment avenue for high society class at that time. It consisted of one main seating floor plus two levels above with the total capacity up to 800 people. Especially, most of construction materials such as ornament, balustrades, cartouches, and roof were imported directly from France. In 1943, some outdoor decorations were removed for a more morden appearance. 

    In 1955, it was converted to be used as the Lower House of the Southern Vietnam's government. After 1975, the building was restored its original function as a Municipal Theatre until today. On the occasion of 300th Anniversary of Saigon, the City goverment invited some of famous architects and artists to restore the house in 1998. 

    Today, the Theatre is a familiar address for many cultural and art performances and events including plays, concerts, ballet, opera, fashion show and especially famous circus performance of AO show.

      

     Contact:

    * Website: www.hbso.org.vn (For details of show performances)

    * Tel:  (+84) 8 3829 9976 

    AO Show (Vietnam circus performances): www.aoshowsaigon.com

    Opening time:

    Ticket Box Office: Everyday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

    Show performances: depend on your attended show.

    Length of visit:

    Sightseing & Photo: 15mins 

    Length of performances: depend on your attended show.

    Fee: 

    Entrance fee: N/A (Only open to the public during events and performances).

    Show performances: depend on your attended show.

    Tips:

    - Great photo opportunities outside the building especially at night as the decorated lighting is up.

    - Purchase a performance ticket to enjoy the show as well as discover the indoor sight of the Opera House.  

    - Relax at stair steps in front of the theatre and watch a dynamic and lively Saigon at night would be an interesting experience to try.

    - Next to the right side of the Opera House, there is a very busy street stall selling peach burble tea. This 8-years-old vendor is very popular to young Saigonese. Only available for take-away and after 6pm. Price: 10.000 - 15.000 dong.