Clay Sculpture Tunnel – an appealing destination for Dalat tour
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Being called by different names like Clay Tunnel, Sculpture Tunnel, Red Soil Tunnel, etc., the Clay Tunnel is a new appealing destination for Dalat tour. Nestled under the large foliage of pine hills by the dreamy Tuyen Lam Lake, the tunnel portrays the outstanding architectural works of Dalat by the sculptures made from red clay – the typical soil of the Central Highlands.
The tunnel is a meticulous human-made work that starts to be constructed in 2010. Up to now, it is estimated that around 200 billion Vietnam Dong (nearly 9 million US Dollars) has been spent on this project.
The tunnel is nestled on the pine hill by Tuyen Lam Lake
50,000 cubic meters has been dug and removed to form an impressive tunnel which is 1.2 km long, 2 – 10 meters wide, and 1 – 9 meters deep. The tunnel represents the changes of Dalat after times, from the very first innocent place to a new bustling city nowadays. According to its owner, the whole complex demonstrates the history of Dalat and the humane and educational stories.
The works in the tunnel are all made from red clay
The most interesting thing to do in this place is getting to know more about Dalat history, which is divided into stages: the primitive period to 1893 when Alexandre Yersin discovered Langbiang Highland, the second period when Yersin explored and developed Dalat, and the last period about Dalat now and in the future. While the first period is portrayed via legends about the wild nature, people taking Dalat tour can see more about the nostalgic Dalat in the second period with unique works like the railway station, Bao Dai Palace, Yersin University, Pasteur Institution, Dalat College, Con Ga Church (Dalat Cathedral), Xuan Huong Lake, Dalat Market, etc. In the last period stands the sculptures of outstanding modern works in the city like Lien Khuong Airport, the highway, Tuyen Lam Lake, and the Valley of Love. Almost all of the described sites in these sections are the top tourist attractions for Dalat honeymoon tour thanks to its antique and classically romantic atmosphere.
In this complex stands a house made from red clay which is 90 square meters wide. This house has won 2 Vietnam Records for the “Most unique basaltic soil house” and “The first and largest basaltic soil roof shaping the national map”. This house was also awarded the Green Architecture Award in 2014 by Vietnam Architect Association.
The clay house with 2 Vietnam records
The roof also draws Hoang Sa and Truong Sa Islands – the two Vietnamese islands that have been in dispute among different countries. It is not only a symbol of patriotism but also a destination with high educational values for new Vietnamese generations.
Dalat tour to the Clay Tunnel
New as it might be, the tunnel has been listed as one of the most famous destinations in this city thanks to its uniqueness and favorable location. The Clay Tunnel can be easily reached from different corners of Dalat and is located close to many well-known places such as Tuyen Lam Lake – the dreamy lake that is exceptionally suitable for Dalat tour for couple, Truc Lam Zen Monastery – a sacred spiritual place, the majestic Dalanta Waterfall, the horrific Dalat haunted house, Robin Hill with cable cars, and the antique Bao Dai Palace.
The nearby Tuyen Lam Lake
The entrance ticket for the Clay Sculpture Tunnel is VND 60,000/adult and VND 30,000/kid between 1.0 and 1.3 meters. The tunnel opens from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. but it might close 30 minutes earlier due to the rainy weather in the wet season.
Fun facts about the Clay Tunnel
- You cannot find the contact of this place. There is no contact information on their website while the Facebook page seems to no longer work. That is to say, it is very important to read the reviews & travel advice carefully before traveling or contact a Vietnam tour operator to go with them to ensure a successful trip.
- All the works here are not 100% made from clay. Cement and sand were also mixed. Still, they are unique as the clay has not been baked.
- On the opposite side of the entrance gate, there is a stunning lake which is exceptionally great to take a selfie.
Whether you are on a Dalat luxury tour or a budget trip, the Clay Tunnel is still a worth-visiting place that you should never miss. Paying a visit to this place, you will definitely not be able to help yourself but claiming how great the human hands can be to make such an impressive work.