How to visit marble mountains in da nang vietnam


You’ll have khổng lồ climb more than a few steps lớn get up to lớn Marble Mountains. These steps are cut from solid stone and each one takes you up the steep karsts and higher over the horizon. Before you know it, you’ve reached the top. Welcome lớn Marble Mountains. This riveting attraction outside da Nang thành phố is part historical treasure, part natural wonder, part spiritual setting, và totally beautiful. Read on for an insider guide to da Nang"s marvelous Marble Mountains.

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The story of five mountains


Marble Mountains is a group of five limestone peaks situated seven kilometres from downtown da Nang. The five karsts (called Ngu khô hanh Son in loadingvn.comese) are named after the five elements: Kim (metal), Thuỷ (water), Mộc (wood), Hoả (fire) & Thổ (earth). Over centuries, Marble Mountains has held special significance for the people of Central The ancient Cham revered the karsts as a spiritual site, and loadingvn.comese emperors from Hue and legendary generals passing through paid visits khổng lồ the peaks, adding to lớn their store of legends.

Today Marble Mountains is home to a network of caves, tunnels, towers, and pagodas built by Mahayana Buddhists & the Nguyen Dynasty Kings. The structures và shrines blend harmoniously with nature: Vine tendrils drip from above, frangipani and poinciana trees drop their blossoms on the stone paths, và the pagodas’ ornate roofs sparkle in the tropical sun. It’s a setting that easily captures the imagination.

TIP: Take your tour of Marble Mountains in the morning at 7am, when the air is cool for climbing và you can have the paths và pagodas all to lớn yourself.


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Cave discoveries


There are half a dozen large caves hidden away in the Marble Mountains, and many other small ones that are rarely visited. Most of the caves are cool inside, with the jungle plants & mossy walls creating an exotic atmosphere found nowhere else. All the caves in Marble Mountains have chất lượng features, & some have fascinating stories of being discovered & used as hideaways over the centuries.

Huyen Khong is the largest of the caves, and a must-visit for Instagrammers. The collapsed ceiling allows shafts of light to pierce the dark cavern, creating dramatic spotlights inside. Huyen Khong was once used as a secret base & later a field hospital for loadingvn.comese revolutionaries. Its jaw-dropping size seems unlikely from the entrance, but is large enough lớn house a massive stone Buddha and two shrines. One of the shrines is dedicated khổng lồ the god & goddess of match-making, và is a popular spot for couples and singles khổng lồ worship.

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On Water Mountain, Hoa Nghiem Cave is watched over by a beautiful 400-year-old stone statue of Lady Buddha’ và on Metal Mountain, Tang Chon Cave is worth a wander for the marble statues of chess players & mandarins placed inside the cave’s warrens. Phối aside time to explore a few of the caves & find the one you like most.

Pagodas & shrines


One of the best parts of touring Marble Mountain is seeing the striking pagodas that claim this elevated perch. Linh Ung Pagoda announces itself with an amazingly detailed archway facing the sweep of Non Nuoc Beach. Stop here for photos before wandering around the courtyard lớn admire the small lotus ponds, bonsai plants and tilework of the main structure. Nguyen Emperor Gia Long first ordered the pagoda built in 1825, & it bears many of the same motifs found in the UNESCO-listed tombs in Hue. A short walk away you’ll reach Xa Loi Tower. This 28-metre structure houses 200 statues of Buddha, & offers breathtaking views of the landscape below.

Across on Water Mountain, you’ll find Tam bầu Pagoda. This tidy pagoda, dedicated khổng lồ the bodhisattva Phat Di Lac, has its own charming courtyard, & was rebuilt by the Nguyen Dynasty King Ming với more than 400 years ago, after falling into disrepair. Tam thai is at its most serene in the early morning hours -- don’t miss it!

Before you go


Marble Mountains (or Ngu khô giòn Son in loadingvn.comese) are xuất hiện daily from 7am khổng lồ 5:30pm. You’ll want lớn set aside at least two hours lớn see Marble Mountains, và avoid coming during rainy season or in the hottest hours of the day. The entrance fee is 40,000 VND and the elevator should you use it is 15,000 VND.

Because you’ll be walking uphill a lot, be sure to wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, & bring your sun hat and water along. Visitors are requested to lớn wear modest clothing when touring Marble Mountains, which is an important spiritual and pilgrimage site. Be sure to remove your shoes & hat before entering any pagodas.

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