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Nhà Hát Lớn Hà Nội (Hanoi Opera House), 1 Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Thành Phố Hà Nội

By on September 7, 2015 in Vietnam

Vietnam was a French colony for more than 60 years from the late 1880s, and you can still feel and find a French influence in the country and the architecture. A classic example of this is the Nhà Hát Lớn Hà Nội (Hanoi Opera House), 1 Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Thành Phố Hà Nội, which was built between 1901 and 1911. The Opera house is in immaculate condition (at least on the outside, I couldn’t get inside the building), but does look strangely out of place both in time and location on the busy hot streets of Hanoi.

Nhà Hát Lớn Hà Nội (Hanoi Opera House)

Nhà Hát Lớn Hà Nội (Hanoi Opera House)

The opera house is stunning. And even if I hadn’t known it was built by the French, I would have guessed that it was a French design. It just has a very French feel to it. In fact, the Hanoi Opera house is modelled on the Palais Garnier Opera House in Paris.

Nhà Hát Lớn Hà Nội (Hanoi Opera House) looks out of place

The opera house looks out of place

Compared to a lot of the rest of Hanoi the opera house is totally out of place in an over-the-top sort of way.

Nhà Hát Lớn Hà Nội (Hanoi Opera House) stunning french design

Stunning french design

Nhà Hát Lớn Hà Nội (Hanoi Opera House) looks out of place

Very French…

If you are in Hanoi, it is certainly worth the effort to see the Hanoi Opera House as it is so grand, and feels so alien in the local environment.

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