Clay Tunnel in Dalat – Thành phố Đà Lạt, Vietnam - Atlas Obscura

Clay Tunnel in Dalat

Thành phố Đà Lạt, Vietnam

A sculpture park that takes the use of clay to a whole new level.  

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About nine miles (15 kilometers) south of the beautiful city of Da Lat resides a unique sculpture park, where each model has been handcrafted from clay. The park opened in 2016 and is the creation of Trinh Thai Dung. Dung moved from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat to fulfill his dream of opening a unique tourist attraction.

The sculptures are all made from basalt and dark red clay found in the central highlands of Vietnam. They range in content from reimagining the history of Da Lat, to oversized scooters and animals. Dung wanted to promote tourism to the region and took inspiration from the Netherlands. In the European country, the ubiquitous tulip is used to attract tourists to different parts of the country. This led Dung to choose the most abundant material in the Central Highlands to help him popularize Da Lat.

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