Saigon Opera Housea Baroque style Opera House building in Ho Chi Minh City

Last Update: 25th October 2020
Originally built in 1897, Saigon Opera House was designed by Eugene Ferret. Featuring the typical Baroque style, it is a typical representative of French colonial architectures in Vietnam. During the Vietnam War, it worked as the Congress Hall of the South Vietnamese Government. After the reunification of Vietnam, it functions as an art center again.
Saigon Opera House Fast Facts
  • Name: Saigon Opera House
  • Location: 7,Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh City
  • Things to do there: History and Culture, Photography, Art
  • Who visits: Photographers, History and Culture Lovers, Art Lovers
  • Time required: 1 x hour

What to expect at the Saigon Opera House

Built with a similar style to the similar opera house in France, the facade of the Saigon Opera House features the bright pearl color. A variety of exquisite reliefs and patterns on the facade add more attractions to the opera house. The two angels with wings under the archway of the entrance hold the sacred piano on the head. The colorful frescoes on the inside top of the archway on the first floor are amazing as well.
The interior decorations also present the French style. Pillars with fine patterns, carved stair rails with angels, and large luxury crystal chandeliers let the audience feel that they were in French. Visitors can just explore the facade from the outside if they don’t buy the ticket for the show performed in the opera house. A O Show, Teh Dar and The Mist are scheduled to present in the house. As at 3rd December 2019, only A O Show is on there. A O Show tells the colorful culture in Vietnam Countryside and the city life. It is a combination of bamboo circus, acrobatics, dancing, etc. Teh Dar introduces the rich tribal cultures in Vietnam through distinctive tribal instruments, bamboo circus as well as acrobatics while The Mist showcases the farming life in South Vietnam.

Best time to visit the Saigon Opera House

If you’d like to visit the Saigon Opera House for photography purposes from the outside, the best time to visit is at night.
The best months to visit are from March to November.


How to get to the Saigon Opera House

You can rent a vehicle to the opera house.


Additional Saigon Opera House Travel Advice

  • Opening hours for the show: 18:00 – 19:00
  • As at 25th October 2020, there are several types of seating to take. For W Seating, the ticket is 1,600,000 VND per person; For O Seating, the ticket is 1,150,000 VND per person; For A Seating, the ticket is 700,000 VND per person.
  • For children between 5 years old (5 years old included) and 12 years old (12 years old included), the children ticket for W Seating is 1,120,000 VND per person; the children ticket for O Seating, is 805,000 VND per person; the children ticket for A Seating is 490,000 VND per person.
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  • Children younger 5 years old (5 years old not included) are not permitted to enter the opera house.
  • Please enter the opera house 30 minutes at least prior to the starting time of the show.
  • Please keep quiet there.
  • Please take care of your children there.

Interested in visiting the Saigon Opera House on a Tour?

Wendy Wei Tours offers a variety of different packaged tours as well as custom tours including the Saigon Opera House among other attractions and destinations. To find out more, please visit our Tours page or Contact Us directly to find out more.