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Explore Clay tunnel – one of the newest tourist attraction in Da Lat City
Updated at Thursday, 23 Nov 2017, 17:14
Nestled in a lush pine forest, the 1.2 km long clay arts installation is a true architectural masterpiece that will delight curious tourists. The clay tunnel is the newest tourist attraction in Da Lat city, Lam Dong province.
Clay architectural masterpieces that retrace the history of Da Lat are prominent in the green pine forest by Tuyen Lam lake. Along the clay roadshow are several architectural sculptural masterpieces created by sculptor Trinh Ba Dung, who has a great passion for the ancient architecture of Da Lat. It took Dung four years to find suitable materials to build this amazing work which consists of basalt and dark red earth from the Central Highlands.
Visit this place, you can enjoy some 50,000 cubic meters of red earth to create an amazing fresco 1.2 km in length, 2 - 10 meters wide, and 1 - 9 meters deep. Along both sides of the tunnels are various sculptural masterpieces. Browsing along this architectural path, you will come across houses on stilts of ethnic minority groups in the Central Highlands, the Da Lat railway station, the Pasteur Institute, St. Nicolas Cathedral - better known as "Church of the Rooster" -, and the famous Valley of Love...
You will be impressed by the representation of a house made entirely of clay with an area of 90m2. This house is the biggest basalt house in Vietnam. Its roof has a clay map of Vietnam. For years, Da Lat has been known as a charming city with vast flowers gardens, winding mountain passes, green pine forests and amiable people. This city is now famous for yet another appealing attraction –this unique clay arts installation. 

 
The construction work started in 2010.
The construction work started in 2010.
 With a length of 1.2 kilometers, the tunnel is expected to set a world record upon its completion, hopefully by the end of this year.
With a length of 1.2 kilometers, the tunnel is expected to set a world record upon its completion, hopefully by the end of this year.
The tunnel includes buildings in both traditional and modern styles – like the Pedagogy College, Da Lat train station, churches, Buddhist temples, ancient villas, primeval forests, peaceful streams, large herds of elephants and typical houses of K’ho ethnic minority.
The tunnel includes buildings in both traditional and modern styles – like the Pedagogy College, Da Lat train station, churches, Buddhist temples, ancient villas, primeval forests, peaceful streams, large herds of elephants and typical houses of K’ho ethnic minority.
Also along the walkway are clay replicas of antique cars, Vespa scooters, steam locomotives, and everyday tools, which trace the development of Dalat.
Also along the walkway are clay replicas of antique cars, Vespa scooters, steam locomotives, and everyday tools, which trace the development of Dalat.
Dragon head sculpture at the entrance.
Dragon head sculpture at the entrance.
A ‘Vietnam sovereignty house’ has the country’s map on its roof, including the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa) Spratly Islands.
A ‘Vietnam sovereignty house’ has the country’s map on its roof, including the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa) Spratly Islands.
Visit this place, you can enjoy some 50,000 cubic meters of red earth to create an amazing fresco 1.2 km in length, 2 - 10 meters wide, and 1 - 9 meters deep.
Visit this place, you can enjoy some 50,000 cubic meters of red earth to create an amazing fresco 1.2 km in length, 2 - 10 meters wide, and 1 - 9 meters deep.
Along both sides of the tunnels are various sculptural masterpieces.
Along both sides of the tunnels are various sculptural masterpieces.
The center of the tunnel are two clay-made houses, carved with Vietnam map on the roof.
The center of the tunnel are two clay-made houses, carved with Vietnam map on the roof.
For years, Da Lat has been known as a charming city with vast flowers gardens, winding mountain passes, green pine forests and amiable people.
For years, Da Lat has been known as a charming city with vast flowers gardens, winding mountain passes, green pine forests and amiable people.

 
Ho Ha - Tuyet Nhung
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