Hanoi Friendship Cultural Palace, formerly known as the Vietnam Xo Cultural Palace is located on Tran Hung Dao Street, downtown Hanoi.
The construction of the palace started on November 5, 1978 and completed on September 1, 1985. The Hanoi Friendship Cultural Palace, also called Huu Nghi Cultural Palace, was a present from the USSR Central Trade Union Council to the Vietnam Trade Union.
The Friendship Cultural Palace covers 3.2ha, and has three major buildings: a performance house, a study house, and a science and technology house comprising 120 rooms. The Friendship Cultural Palace is the biggest cultural center in the capital of Hanoi.
The front building is the performance house, equipped with a rotary stage, and two halls (the big hall has a seating capacity of 1256, the small one 375). Behind this block is the study house with a library and rooms for clubs to hold workshops and conferences. The science and technology house connects the two buildings together.
The Friendship Cultural Palace in Hanoi is the place where cultural activities, art performances, fashion shows, beauty contests, conferences, workshops, exhibitions, and sports events are usually held.