Mui Ne’s Latest Attraction: “The Forgotten Land” Sand Sculpture Park

Daily News - Saigon/HCMC: Feb. 21, 2017

This January, Phan Thiet, best known for its beach district Mui Ne, has added a new attraction to its sightseeing spots: The Forgotten Land Sand Sculpture Park.

For the past year, 14 sculptors from all over the world (Belgium, Italy, Japan and the US, among others) have transformed a two-hectare space in Phan Thiet’s Phu Hai Ward into a fairyland made out of sand.

Twenty-two sculptures, inspired by fairy tales from all over the world, make up what is supposed to become one of the sightseeing landmarks of Binh Thuan Province.

The park, opened on 29 January 2017, welcomes its guests with a huge dragon at the entrance. Also featured are a castle, a rooster (this year’s zodiac sign) and Cinderella from the Brothers Grimm’s “Sleeping Beauty” as well as architectural masterpieces such as Hue’s Thien Mu pagoda and Nha Trang’s Po Nagar Cham tower.

Sand sculpture

With average dimensions of 10 metres long, 5 metres wide and 3.5 metres high, it’s hard to believe these sculptures can survive more than a day. But thanks to Phan Thiet’s particularly sticky sand, the Forgotten Land’s organisers expect them to last about a year.

Due to the naturally limited lifespan of the sculptures, the collection will constantly be renewed and complemented with new works of sand art. For instance, on this year’s Labour Day (1 May) a female-only sand sculpture contest will be held.

Nguyen Duc Hoa, vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, hopes the new attraction will draw more visitors to the province. With an entrance fee of VND 100,000 for adults and VND 70,000 for kids, it’s definitely an affordable destination for family excursions.