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Da Lat Teachers’ Training College

Da Lat Teachers’ Training College was built in 1927 near  Xuan Huong Lake in the tourist city of Da Lat, Lam Dong Province. For centuries, the college has been an iconic architectural work of the city and attracted a huge number of tourists  
The college was designed by French Architect Moncet who then directly supervised the construction.Covering 22.3ha, the college consists of a main architectural workat the top of a hill with a total area of 8ha. The school’s initial name was Petit Lycée de Dalat which was renamed Grand Lycee de Dalat and Lycée Yersin in honour of Dr. Alexandre Yersin – a Swiss-born French bacteriologist  and explorer and then the Hung Vuong Education Centre, a training facility for primary school teachers, from 1970 to 1975. It has had the name of  Da Lat Teachers’ Training College  since 1975.

The most striking feature of the college is wall tiles and roof tiles imported  from France. The row of classrooms  was built in an elegant arc with its slop roof with a system of windows. At each round pillar, there are two arches built by earthen brick in a harmonious portion, creating elegance of the building.  Seen from afar, it forms an artwork among greenish pine hills. At the end of the row of classrooms stands a 54m bell tower in the shape of a giant pencil, symbolizing the aspiration for intelligence.  


Da Lat Teachers’ Training College is recognised as one of the world’s 1,000 typical structures
built in the 20th century by the International Architecture Union (UIA). 



The bell tower and classrooms of the college. 


The precinct of green pines in the college.

A small  bell tower in the college. 


The typical French arches in the college. 


The open space of classrooms.


The Neoclassical style of the architecture. 


The bell tower in the shape of a pencil. 


The beauty of the college’s architecture. 


The college is a highlight of the overall architecture of Da Lat. 

The  college has trained generations of students . 

Thanks to its unique architecture in harmony with both a Western and Oriental style, the college was recognised as a national architectural relic by the Ministry of Culture and Information and one of the world’s 1,000 typical structures built in the 20th century by the International Architecture Union (UIA).

The college is like a spotlight, beautifying the city. Over the years, many generations of students have graduated from the college. Linh Dan, a second year student, said that she felt very lucky when studying in such a beautiful college and she would never forget her memories there.



Da Lat Teachers’ Training College is recognised as one of the world’s 1,000 typical structures built in the 20th century by the International Architecture Union (UIA). 


By Nguyen Vu Thanh Dat