Cultural and art performance places in Hanoi

The best places for art and cultural performances in Hanoi; opera houses, water puppet theatre...
Hanoi Opera House
Standing in the heart of Hanoi, the opera house was located in a beautiful intersection downtown, where five main city roads lead to. The building was completed in 1911 after 10 years of construction, by two French architects, Broyer and V. Harley, resembling the Opéra Garnier de Paris.The magnificent building became one of the top landmarks in Hanoi. The Opera House hosts cultural entertaining performances, bamboo cirque, contemporary dance, orchestra concerts and government events

Add: 1 Trang Tien St., Hoan Kiem Dist.
Tel: +84 24 39 330 113

Thang Long Water Puppet
Thang Long Water Puppet was established in 1969 under the management of the Hanoi Department of Culture and Information. It was first called: Hanoi Kim Dong Art Troupe
In 1993, Thang Long puppetry troupe was officially handed over to Hoa Binh cinema, which was built and renovated into a puppet theater at 57B - Dinh Tien Hoang street - Hoan Kiem.
Up to now, this is one of the most famous places for foreign tourists to enjoy the Traditional Puppet Show of Vietnam.
Add: 57B Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hoan Kiem Dist.
Tel:  +884 24 38 249 494

Vietnam National Academy of Music

Vietnam National Academy of Music (the former Hanoi National Conservatory of Music) was founded in 1956 and has been the first and biggest professional music training institution of country and southeast region, focusing on music performance, research and training. Professional music training covers from secondary level up to Undergraduation, Master and Doctorate. Approximately 1400 students are now enrolled in about 40 different music courses and programs. Teaching staff consists of above 300 lectures, including 5 Professors and 20 Associate Professors, 16 Doctors, 4 People’s Teachers, 16 Teachers of Merit, 12 People’s Artists, 39 Artists of Merit) who are the leading and prestigious professional music educators of the country. International students from Laos, Sweden, Korea, Japan… are joining various music courses in the Academy. Viet Nam National Academy of Music (VNAM) is the first institution in country to provide Doctorate music programs
Add: 77 Hao Nam Str, Dong Da Dist, Hanoi
Tel:+84 24 3851 4969

Vietnam National Opera and Ballet

(VNOB) is a theatre belong to Vietnam Ministry of Cultural, Sports and Tourism. VNOB, established in 1959 in Hanoi, with large scale and profession, is leading theatre in performing classical art. Up to now, VNOB has made many cooperation programs of culture with many countries and regions through the Cultural Centers and funds, such as Russia, UK, USA, France, Germany, Australia and Sweden…Many master works have been performed as: Phoenix Eye, Musical Lucile, Paris Life, Love School, La Boheme, Dream and Reality, The Flying Dutchman, Romeo and Juliet, Ophee et Eurydiel, Venus, Francesca Dari Mimi, Firebird, Hearts Silk, The Rite of Spring, Lasylphide, Westside story…On the other side, many classical concerts have been performed successfully and attracted a huge audience.
Add: 11 Nui Truc Str, Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi
Tel: +84 24 3736 8522

Lotus Water Puppet
 In 2008, Vietnam Contemporary Art Theatre (formerly known as Vietnam Song, Dance and Music Theater) was assigned to manage and use building at 16 Le Thai To Str., (79 Hang Trong), Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Called “Vietn Culturle Space”, the building is located in a central location of the capital with two front and open space - an ancient building built with France architecture in 1918, located beside Hoan Kiem historial lake. The building served as the first headquarters of the 1st National Assembly of Vietnam Democratic Republic. In addition, it is also proud to be chosen to perform Arts, Dance, Music serving many international delegations of leaders of the Party, the State and mass programs.
Add: 16 Le Thai To Str, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi
Tel:  +84 24 3938 1173

Vietnam Puppet Theater

Vietnam National Puppetry Theatre – the largest hub of puppetry arts of Vietnam with the function of preserving and developing traditional theatrical arts. The Theatre has a long history of 60 years of development and has a number of leading puppetry researchers, authors, directors, visual artists, fine art decorators, and puppet performers of the country. It has 5 People’s Artists, 25 Artists of Merit and many other outstanding young artists
Add: 361 Truong Chinh Str, Thanh Xuan Dist, Hanoi
Tel: +84 3853 4545

The Quintessence of Tonkin
Located 25km west of central Hanoi, The Quintessence of Tonkin occupies a space close to Chua Thay, a special National Cultural Heritage site and one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Vietnam.
The spectacle draws inspiration from the pagoda’s spiritual history, with storyline elements that focus on the founding of the pagoda by the venerable monk Tu Dao Hanh and the ancient union between religion and monarchy. Chua Thay can be easily visited in conjunction with a trip to The Quintessence of Tonkin, which helps frame the spectacle.
The stage was built in between the auditorium and the hill where Chua Thay rests, so the audience watches the performance to the backdrop of the pagoda. The pagoda thus plays a vital role in the spectacle. The stage is permanently submerged under the water, and is large enough to accommodate 250 performers at one time.
Add: Da Phuc Village, Sai Son Ward, Quoc Oai Dist, Hanoi
Tel: +84 24 3553 6966