Vung Tau displays sand models of sea turtles, fishing boats, and local symbolic works built during the French period on the beach, to attract tourists.
5 model clusters are located on the beach of Back Beach on Thuy Van Street, Vung Tau City, within the framework of the Ba Ria – Vung Tau Tourism Week 2023 event, taking place November 17 – 23.
Sea turtle model (also known as turtle).
This animal lives mainly in Con Dao. This is the main breeding ground for 90% of turtles in Vietnam, with more than 145,000 baby turtles born and released into the sea from 2018 to 2023.
Mr. Pham Thanh Binh An (construction unit) said that he and 4 workers spent more than 1.5 months using foam to create models at the factory in Ho Chi Minh City. After transporting to Vung Tau, workers use sand to cover the surface.
“We paint on the porous surface, apply a layer of glue on top, then apply sand to make it stick,” Mr. An said, adding that when it rains, the model won’t float away or there will be strong winds, so the model won’t collapse. .
Simulation of Bach Dinh.
Bach Dinh was built during the French period on a hill 27 m above sea level in the Front Beach area. The building is 19 m high, 15 m wide, 28 m long, and has three floors. The building is built of bricks, painted white, and has a red tiled roof with architectural features of the 19th century European style.
Vung Tau Lighthouse and Ba Ria Round House (water tower) are over 3 m high.
Mr. An used a brush to sweep the layer of sand on the side of the fishing boat model.
According to him, some parts were damaged when visitors did not comply with recommendations and sat or stood on the models to take photos. “After spending a lot of effort repairing it, we tightened the rope so customers wouldn’t come close,” Mr. An said.
Staff use sand to reinforce damaged areas on a bamboo boat.
Taking commemorative photos with her daughter, Ms. Nga (living in Vung Tau) said the models were beautiful and quite similar to real symbols of Ba Ria – Vung Tau. “If they were made entirely from sand, I would prefer them,” she said.
At night, the models are illuminated with changing colors for people and tourists to visit.
It is expected that the model cluster will be displayed until the end of the event.