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Municipal Theatre, also known as Saigon Opera House is a beautifully constructed opera house and theatre in the city of Ho Chi Min. The theatre is built in French style architecture, as it was designed and constructed by a group of French architects like Eugene Ferret, Ernest Guichard. This building was built back in 1897 when there was the French-Colonial rule in Vietnam. Today, this place is a major and must to visit attraction for all tourists. If you are stepping in Ho Chi Minh, then it becomes a mandate for you to visit and if possible enjoy an opera or drama here. Yes, the theatre still hosts dramas and operas for people. The building is surrounded by beautiful buildings and streets which sometimes confuse you, whether you are in Europe or Asia.
Municipal Theater – A door to theatre days
Independence Palace is also known as ‘Reunification Palace’. Palace was designed by Ngô Viết Thụ and was the workplace of the Ex-President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Today the place is used as a tourist spot as many visitors like to explore its architecture, its palm-tree courtyards. Palace opens in two shifts, from 7:00 am to 11:00 am then from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Cu Chi Tunnels is a network of long underground tunnels, a memoir of the Vietnamese Liberation War. Located 70km north-west of Ho Chi Minh City Centre in Cu Chi Rural District. The underground network of these tunnels consists of 200+ km of hideouts, shelters and inter-connecting tunnels. This war history site is now used for tourism. One can visit the place by buying an entry ticket of 90,000-10, 0000 VND. Site opens from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
This museum is actually a temple for old war gadgets and memoir. It contains exhibits related to the first Indo-china War and the Vietnam War. The museum contains many images and news-letters published back then and is a remarkable experience to visit this museum. Ticket can be bought from the entrance at 40,000 VND.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets can be bought from the theatre itself or by booking online through this website.
How To Get Around?
One can explore the building by walking, there are lifts but mostly your exploration depends on your foot.
What Should I Wear?
One can wear anything, best suggestions would be full sleeves shirts, tops, trousers and light jackets. If you are going to attend an opera then can go for a formal night suit.
Best Time to Visit
Definition of best time in terms of the theatre depends on its shows and drama’s, as per tourism point of view, it is good to visit the city in the months of December to March. These months are drier and easy to go.
Will I Need a Guide?
There is no need to hire a guide for visiting the theatre, all historical information can be read from notice boards.
How To Get There?
Despite its notorious traffic, there are plenty of ways to reach this theatre. If you are travelling from outer land then the city has its own airport, from there you can commute easily. For tourists who are already in the city, your options are Cyclo (a kind of tricycle), taxis (cars and bikes), public buses and cabs. I’ll suggest trying cyclo, its signature eco-friendly vehicle of Vietnam.
Price for this Municipal Theatre changes rapidly, depending upon the running drama(sometimes). Generally it costs around 40,000 VND to 700000 VND to visit the place.