The Marble Mountains, Da Nang
About The Marble Mountains, Da Nang
The Marble Mountains, Da Nang - Address, Ticket Price
Address: Huyen Tran Cong Chua Hoa Hai Ngu Hanh Son, DaNang, Vietnam
Ticket Price: 15000 VND
Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
Timings: 07:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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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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Nice scenery. Short hike up and around the mountain if you like or you can pay for the lift. Caves were interesting. One of them was awful. Had led lights and all sorts of displays added which may not have been original. Otherwise great site overall.
Very interesting place with lots to see! Lots of very cool caves and beautiful lookouts. If you spend a couple hours exploring you will definitely get a workout! Bring a big bottle of water.
Great view on the sea. The temples in caves are marvelous and unique for Vietnam! It is really worth visiting place. The best option is to take a scooter to come here - it is cheaper than paying for organised trip.
It's nice. Not the best of Asia, but something nice and inexpensive to do in Danang. And they're right, the cave at point #10 on their map (see my picture) is the highlight. Also #5 is a fun climb to catch a view outside, but take care the marble can be slippery (I did it with sandals, but something with more grip is highly advised). Toilets are near #7.
The cave with the buddha makes this worth a visit. Has to be one of the most beautiful places I visited in Vietnam. Vendors outside are a bit of a hassle.
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