In 1899, the municipal council of the city of Hanoi held a competion to decide who would build a theatre to replace a temporary one in Takou Street (Hang Cot). The Hanoi Opera House in the past... The ‘Municipal Theatre’ would be a copy of the Opera Garnier in Paris, though smaller, 2,600 square metres, one-third of the original. The project was given to the architect Harlay, Inspector of Civil Buildings in Hanoi. The first site-investigation took place in the summer of 1900. The judging of the competition for builders took place on 25 April 1901 and the entrepreneurs Charavy and Savelon, of Hanoi, were retained. Built on a filled-in pond, the theatre required special care with it foundations. Thirty five thousand piles were put in before the pouring of reinforced concrete 90 centimetres thick. Twelve million bricks were used and they came from Vietnam. The roofing slate was … [Read more...] about Hanoi Opera House – Luxurious fire escapes of those days
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The Hanoitimes - Walk around The Old Quarter, eat bun Cha… top things you can do for one day in Hanoi, Vietnam. Walk around The Old Quarter Hanoi Old Quarter has a long history of 2000 years of development which is the beating heart old the city. Today, the streets are still grouped by what they sell, with names to match, such as Bat Su, Cha Ca, Hang Bac, Hang Dau, Hang Gai, To Tich, Hang Luoc…You can taste some local specialties, if you wish, and continue to the Hoan Kiem Lake area to visit Ngoc Son Temple.Eat Bun Cha It’s basically a cold noodle soup with pork. You’ll be served by a plate of rice noodles, fresh herbs, and a bowl of cold broth with grilled pork. The rice noodles and fresh herbs are pretty common in a Vietnamese restaurant. The broth and the pork are the ones make this dish unique. Bun cha is a lunch food; it means you can only find it between 12pm – 3pm.Visit Hoa Lo Prison This thought-provoking site is all that remains of the … [Read more...] about One day in Hanoi: Where to go and What to do?
Buffet programs for National Day By Tien Dat in HCMC Thursday is the National Day, workers will off working and students will be off school. To make sure guests have a nice holiday, some hotels and restaurants in HCMC under Saigontourist are preparing buffet programs. Dong Khanh Hotel (2 Tran Hung Dao B Street, District 5, tel: 3923 6404) A seafood buffet will be prepared from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. The buffet will feature tasty dishes such as sauté crab, grilled eal, loc fish mixed salads, crab spring rolls, salty egg spring rolls and mushroom spring rolls, steamed snail or curry seafood and crab noodle soup. Tickets are priced at VND189,000 per adult and VND152,000 per child. Binh Quoi 1 Tourist Area (1147 Binh Quoi Street, Binh Thanh District, tel: 3556 5891) Tourists can enjoy buffet lunch at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or buffet dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. The buffets are companied with folk games, lucky draw and traditional music show. Tickets are priced at … [Read more...] about Buffet programs for National Day
Celebrate National Day with Saigontourist Dat Tien By Dat Tien in HCMC A number of city hotels, restaurants and tourist areas are putting the finishing touches to attractive food programs for gourmets to choose from as they celebrate Sunday’s National Day. Binh Quoi Tourist Area, 1147 Binh Quoi Street, Binh Thanh District, tel: 3556 5891 Diners to the tourist area will be served a Southern dishes program tomorrow, Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for dinner. Many tasty dishes such as Thu Duc grilled pork patty, Binh Quoi grilled pork, chicken wings grilled with lemon grass, mixed hot pot and your seafood favorites are on the menu. The program will be rocked along with don ca tai tu (Southern opera singing) shows and folk games and costs VND220,000 per adult and VND120,000 per child. Those booking 10 tickets in advance, will get one on the house. Van Thanh Tourist Area, 48/10 Dien Bien Phu Street, Binh Thanh District, tel: 3512 3025 … [Read more...] about Celebrate National Day with Saigontourist
B: Streets in major cities have been beautifully decorated for Christmas. Many big hotels have displayed at their entrance a Santa Claus carrying a bag of toys on a sleight pulled by reindeers. A: Vietnam is a tropical country, so we don’t have real pine trees. Plastic trees of all sizes are used instead to decorate offices and homes. Streets that sell decorative items for festivals - Hang Ngang, Hang Dao, Hang Ma, and Hang Chieu – are now selling Christmas trees, sparkling ornaments and lights, holly wreaths, and Santa Claus costumes.B: These streets in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter sell merchandise appropriate to the current holiday. Just before Christmas, the streets are full of foreign tourists and Christmas shoppers buying Christmas cards, reasonably prized Christmas gifts, and decorations for their Christmas trees.A: A walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter may remind foreigners of their hometown with Christmas trees standing in front of restaurants, snowmen … [Read more...] about Wednesday December 13, 2017