The Marble Mountains, Da NangCurrently Open
- Address: Huyen Tran Cong Chua Hoa Hai Ngu Hanh Son, DaNang, Vietnam, Da Nang
- Timings: 07:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: 15000 VND
- Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, Mountain, Family And Kids
About The Marble Mountains, Da Nang
The incredible Marble Mountains can be a little confusing to get around to, so keep in mind they are a cluster of 5 marble and limestone formations within driving distance, or even walking, if you've got the time. The legend goes, a dragon came out of the water, laid an egg that hatched a beautiful girl, and the shells of the egg became the mountains. Each mountain represents an element: :Thuy Son (Water), Moc Son (Wood), Hoa Son (Fire), Kim Son (Metal or Gold) and Tho Son (Earth). Each is spiritually significant, with Confucian and Buddhist shrines and pagodas (chua). The villagers in the area are all into marblework, but thankfully, not the marble of the mountain. Check out the quarries. The hawkers make a good place to buy souvenirs, most of which are trinkets carved from marble. More than a million tourists visit every year, so there will probably be a crowd. The Moc Son has no caves or pagodas.
Thuy Son (Water) Marble Mountain
The Thuy Son is the most beautiful and biggest of the five. There are two entrances to this mountain - a southwest entrance leading 156 steps up to 1630 Tam Thai Pagoda, and an eastern entrance 108 steps up to LinhUng Pagoda. Or you could pay a fee and take the elevator. The LinhUng, a shrine within a cave, is the most popular pagoda of the mountains. From the Tower XaLoi, you get spectacular vistas of the sea. In HuyenKhong cave is an immense stone altar. The steep descent at Am Phu cave gives it its name - Cave of Hell (check out the statues of skeletons, demons). Another view point to the west gives a great view of the city.
Hoa Son (Fire) Marble Mountain
The mountain rises over the confluence of two rivers. The locals say they represent the balance of nature - yin and yang. You'll see some ruined towers here, remnants of the Champacivilisation. However, the main attraction is the Pho Da Son Pagoda, which contains artefacts from Emperor Minh Mang.
Kim Son (Metal or Gold) Marble Mountain
Said to be shaped like a bell, this mountain has the theQuan Am pagoda and Quan Am cave, in which the stalagmites and stalactites take on strange shapes and cast surreal shadows. The locals say these figures are reminiscent of the Buddha. If you're on the river below, you'll be able to see the temple reflected in the water.
Tho Son (Earth) Marble Mountain
This is the highest moutain. It can be climbed by steel ladders that start at the cave and come out on the top. The locals say the silhouette of the mountain resembles a sleeping dragon. Inside the mountain is a tunnel that the the Vietnamese used against the Americans, and the French before that. There's tall column of rocks 30 metres high representing the Buddha; next to it is the Long Hoa Pagoda.
The Marble Mountains Information
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Bring a torch.
- Start early in the morning. The days are hot.
The Marble Mountains Ticket Prices
- Elevator Fee - 30000 VND
How To reach The Marble Mountains by Public Transport
- Bus No 1, from Danang street Dien Bien Phu nº 33, or Hoi An bus station, to Hoi an.
- Take a taxi from Danang
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The Marble Mountains, Da Nang Reviews
Interesting tourist attraction. There are a few temples to explore and caves to visit on this mountain. There is an option to walk up or take an elevator, though you will end up walking quite a bit either way. It is advisable to visit near opening time, as it can get crowded and some vendors come off as a bit pushy. Arrive early and you miss both. Dress can be a bit tricky, as you need to be covered in respect for the temple, but lightly dressed enough for the physical activity in the warm climate.
The Marble Mountains are a great tourist trap. We were here in late January and we took the stairs, which combined with the heat was certainly noticeable. We had lots of fun looking at the different pagodas and shrines. There were some very cool cave features, it reminded me of the Temple of Doom at some points and aside from some falling rocks, it was relatively safe. Some of the caves are very tight and with water on the ground it was slippery. Bring lots of water, its a bit of a hike to see the whole site but its a great way to spend a couple hours.
Out of this world. Religion can really part of nature. The many caves with pagodas make this place serene and the view is nowhere else to be found but perhaps in Batu caves Malaysia. Going through the forest with a map guide makes it more like an Indiana Jones experience. I can finish my whole day going around at this one place
A must see if your are in Danang. The temple caves are quite impressive. However it is a steep climb up so be prepared. Some of the caves are dangerous to navigate. There are no safety warnings. The authorities should look into this as I foresee many accidents
The Marble Mountains were a pretty cool place to visit. Came in January and it was still a bit warm with all the stairs. If you're going through some of the caves be prepared for tight stairs with people trying to go the other direction. The goods at the shops all looked pretty cheap, but actually got a good bowl of pho right across the street from the cave entrance. You do have to pay separately for the cave and mountain, and the elevator is additional if you want it. I didn't use it, but might be nice in the summer.