The Marble MountainsCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- 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
The Marble Mountains - Review
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
It's worth a visit. But best to go early morning , as it opens at 7 am. Also must go to the highest point from where you can see the entire city. Do not buy 15k elevator ticket as it takes you to 4th floor which is only 70 steps away. There is no elevator for caves, or main points. There are no such parking scams, use your mind and park your motor bike to any of the shop. For car it's a big parking before the entrance. Google map location is wrong, I corrected it, hope it helps.
Amazing place to visit. Arm yourself with patience and water, quite a few tourists, bus-loads of Koreans. So queues are likely. Also, pay only what the ticket displays. We paid 100k for two adults while on closer inspection the tickets clearly say 40k (we opted out from the use of the lift). Cheeky booth operator... Make sure you don't miss any of the caves as some are quite well hidden, separate entrance fee is collected for the Water cave (level entrance from the car park), I think 20k. If you're visiting the caves around noon you will have amazing light coming into the caves, but will also boil when outside.
Caves are impressive. Scenic view at the very top, but there are massive lines to get there. We didn't notice in time, but there is a lesser known staircase leading up to the peak which is much faster than climbing up the rocks. Lots of Buddhist temples, statues, and art. The stair climb is rugged and fairly strenuous but short.
A beautiful place to visit for a few hours. Best to come here when its not raining or cloudy. You'll have to walk around quite a lot if you want to fully experience this place so proper shoes are recommended and a water bottle. They do sell water in here but it is expensive. And a warning to other bicycle tourers or motorist. There is cheap parking on site here. Ignore all the "free parking" because they are annoying and they will try very hard to rip you off. Pay the parking fee and enjoy the place.
This place as so much amazing potential, small little shrines, with lovely views out over the sea and around the mountains. Having said this, I’ve given the whole experience 2 stars as you arrive on a bike, you get about 10 people step out onto the road and try and make you park in their shop (don’t, as they will try and make you buy stuff after) just say no to those guys. There is, in theory, official parking, but the staff want cars to park there as they have to pay more, so don’t let bikes park, in the end, we found a side road and parked down there. Now this is only the parking part, now onto the mountains them selves. There are hardly any signs telling you where to go or buy tickets, we had to to go 3 desks before they wanted to sell us a ticket, as we did not want to take the lift for 15k Dong. Entrance is 40k each. The stairs are not hard to get up, but bring some water, you’ll need it at the top. The place was packed, full of people, kids trying to climb up things and preventing the flow of people, which meant a lot of waiting. I advice going in the afternoon. Overall nice views, terrible parking and way too many people getting in the way of a lovely place.