Hanoi Opera House, built when Vietnam was a colony of France. It was completed in 1911. It was designed in a distinctive French architectural style. The building was renovated in the 1990s and re-opened in 1998 and is now used for local and international concerts.
This is the historical central area of Hanoi, capital of Hanoi. Hanoi estimated population 3,398,889 (2007), is the capital and second-largest city of Vietnam. From 1010 until 1802, with a few brief interruptions, it was the political centre of an independent Vietnam. It was eclipsed by Huế during the Nguyen Dynasty as the capital of Vietnam, but Hanoi served as the capital of French Indochina from 1887 to 1954. From 1954 to 1976, it was the capital of North Vietnam.