15:03 | 19/06/2017 Culture & Tourism
(VEN) - The Hanoi Opera house, built by the French 106 years ago, is opening up this month to public tours that include a show. The neoclassical building will feature on two new offerings by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) designed to draw more tourists to the capital.
One tour will include the Old Quarter and the National Museum of History before finishing at the Opera House, where tourists will hear about the architecture and watch a 30-minute art show.
The show will be performed by artists from four leading theaters, namely the Vietnam National Music, Song and Dance Theater, the Vietnam Tuong (Classical Drama) Theater, the Vietnam Cheo (Traditional Opera) Theater, and the Vietnam Puppetry Theater.
The second is a standalone tour of the Opera House. Tourists will be able to explore the building and watch a show from the seats on the third floor. They will also be able to take photos throughout while listening to an audio guide on the architecture and history of the building.
The performances will feature cultures of different areas of Vietnam.
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Nguyen Ngoc Thien, said cultural and art performances at the theater should be informative and interesting as well as specifically feature Vietnamese cultures.
The minister said VNAT will assist the Hanoi Opera House to train interpreters to strengthen introduction of the theatre to visitors. VNAT will also introduce travel companies and hotels to the theatre and associated tourist offerings while at the same time producing brochures and other publications to introduce the theatre to the broad public.
Surveys show that travel businesses welcome the opera house tours. According to Dang Bich Tho, deputy general director of Hanoi Redtours, travel businesses should work with the theater to arrange appropriate times for visitors.
The new tours are among early efforts to turn the Opera House into a central destination, linking the August Revolution
Square, Co Tan Park and the Museum of National History, as well as other historical buildings and the green space around
Hoan Kiem Lake. The plan was proposed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in April.