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Da Lat

of Charity, were built in 1938 with a similar pointed-roof style. thumb left 200px Hang Nga guesthouse Hằng Nga guesthouse (File:HangNgaCrazyHouse1.jpg) is decorated with twisting organic forms. Of particular note is the unconventional architecture of the Hằng Nga guesthouse (Hang Nga guesthouse), popularly known as the “Crazy House”. Described as a “fairy tale house”, its overall design resembles a giant banyan tree, incorporating sculptured design elements representing natural forms such as animals, mushrooms, spider webs and caves. Its architecture, consisting of complex, organic, non-rectilinear shapes, has been described as expressionist (Expressionist architecture). Its creator, Vietnamese architect Dang Viet Nga (also known as Hằng Nga), who holds a PhD in architecture from Moscow State University, has acknowledged the inspiration of Catalan (Catalan people) Spanish (Spanish people) architect Antoni Gaudí in the building’s design. Visitors have variously drawn parallels between the guesthouse and the works of artists such as Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney. The region is connected to the Central Highlands (Tay Nguyen) by several national roads at Phan Rang (National Road 27 to Da Lat), Ninh Hoa, Khanh Hoa Province (26 to Buon Ma Thuot), Tuy Hoa (25 to Pleiku via Ayun Pa) Quy Nhon (19 to Pleiku), and western Quang Nam Province (14 Ho Chi Minh Road to Kon Tum). Vietnam Road Atlas (Tập Bản đồ Giao thông Đường bộ Việt Nam). Cartographic Publishing House (Vietnam), 2004 At a more local level, the picturesque hill town and resort of Đà Lạt (Da Lat) was once connected by a scenic little rack railway to the main north-south line at Thap Cham (Phan Rang-Thap Cham).


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