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Hanoi Opera House

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The Hanoi Opera House, located in the French Quarter, is an attraction in itself. Do try to catch a show here so you can experience the building in all its majesty.

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The neo-classically styled Opera House was built over the decade running from 1901, and the official website says 300 workers were on the site daily, using 35,000 bamboo poles and concrete blocks in its construction—we're not sure of the breakdown between the poles and blocks? The steps cascading down to the square in front were designed for ostentatious drop offs and pick ups by the cars of colonial officials; these days you can call a Grab bike or taxi to collect you. It's not quite the same in terms of being salubrious, but it's certainly convenient.

The stunning interior. Photo taken in or around Hanoi Opera House, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

The stunning interior. Photo: Samantha Brown

The design is said to have been inspired by ancient Greek architecture and the neo-Baroque style of Charles Garnier, who designed the elaborate Paris Opera (or Palais Garnier), opened in 1875. Once opened, the Hanoi Opera House during the colonial era was used by touring foreign artists, usually performing French and Italian operas for mostly French opera-goers and wealthy Vietnamese, four ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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