A pair of dragon and peacock statues made by Thai craftsmen are being put on show at the Love Valley tourist site in Da Lat resort city of Central Highland Lam Dong province.

The pair of statues are part of a collection of holy animals statues that 270 Thai artisans worked together throughout 369 days to create as a gift to Thai King Bhumibok Adulyadej on the occasion of his 85th birthday anniversary.

The statues are made of silver and bronze, plated with 24K gold and decorated with crystal and precious stones. The dragon statue measures 132cm high, 114cm wide and weighs 88.5kg, while the peacock is 170cm in height, 127cm in width, and weighs125kg.

The statues are exhibited together with gemstones originated from Thailand as well as bonsai and stone and wood sculpture works by Vietnamese artisans.

Da Lat is one of the most popular resort cities in Vietnam, which is surrounded by pine-covered hills, lakes, mountains. The town is dotted with many buildings in French architectural style. The Love Valley and Mong Mo (Dreamlike) Hill are among the most charming and romantic places for couples, especially in the Valentine Day (February 14).-VNA