Da Lat: UNESCO’s Creative Music City

The announcement ceremony for Da Lat being awarded the esteemed title of "UNESCO Creative Music City" was held to commemorate its 130th anniversary of establishment.


The People’s Committee of Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands organized a special event on December 30. At the ceremony, a representative of UNESCO in Vietnam presented a letter recognizing Da Lat’s official accession to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network to the city’s leaders (Photo: Vietnamplus).

Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai congratulated the determination to build Da Lat into a hub of the southern Central Highlands. He emphasized the importance of Da Lat as a key development center in both the region and the country, as well as its role as a crucial link to the region and the world.

Deputy Prime Minister Khai urged Da Lat city to align its development strategy with the overall development plans for the Central Highlands region. This includes following the regional and provincial master plans for the 2021-2030 period, with a vision for2050.

He also highlighted the significance of Da Lat’s membership in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, stressing the need for the city to actively engage and leverage its role to boost the local economy through the cultural industry.

The event captivated the audience with captivating music, dance, and art performances. The resonant echoes of gongs narrated the 130-year journey of Da Lat’s formation and development (Photo: TTXVN).

130 years ago, Da Lat, once inhabited by the K’Ho Lach ethnic group, was discovered by Alexandre Yersin. He proposed the construction of the Lang Biang Plateau as a resort hub for Indochina. Over the years, Da Lat has transformed into a renowned tourism city, often referred to as the “city in the forest, forest in the city” and the “Vietnam Flower Festival City” (Vietnamplus).

Da Lat has been recognized as the “ASEAN Clean Tourism City” twice and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Asia. Aside from its appeal as a tourist hotspot, Da Lat is also at the forefront of high-tech agricultural production in Vietnam.

Zoey Nguyen