Da Nang Marble Mountains – Everything You Need To Know
Located about 9 km south of Da Nang, the Marble Mountains are one of the most popular and majestic tourist attractions in Central Vietnam. The Marble Mountains Da Nang consist of an area of 5 limestone mountains standing side by side with different heights and shapes. The five mountains are named after the five natural elements. Metal (Kim), Wood (Moc), Water (Thuy), Fire (Hoa) and Earth (Tho) with the Water Moutain (Thuy Son) being the largest of them all.
Best Time to Visit Marble Mountains Da Nang
The scenery is always magnificent but it is suggested that you should visit the Mountains in the summer to enjoy the cool beaches nearby. The beaches are one of the most common reasons for the crowds of tourists here.
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Marble Mountains Da Nang Ticket
The entry fee is only 15,000 VND per person. There are elevators to take you to the top of the mountain if you don’t want to walk. The price is 15,000 VND per person 1 way. Be aware that the elevators usually close in the late evening.
What to Explore at Marble Mountains Da Nang
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The “Water Mountain” also known as “Thuy Son” is the largest and the most famous one among the five mountains and boasts a number of gorgeus natural caves. “Ong Chon” Gate situated to the east of the mountain will lead you through 108 steps to Linh Ung Pagoda which stands at the height of nearly 1,400 metres. Go inside and you will find the Buddha Statue which is 10 metres high and surrounded by beautiful greenery.
The western gate will lead you up 156 steps to Tam Thai Temple. The temple consists of 3 gates with the main one in the middle for the monks, the left one for male and the right one for female. Through war and natural disaster the temple has still retained its old architectural features.
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To the left of Ong Chon Gate is the main path to the rest of Thuy Son. It begins with the beautiful stone tower of Xa Loi Pagoda that overlooks the coast. Tthe stairs will lead you to Vong Hai Da which offers a panoramic view of the sea through scraggly trees.
A stone-paved path continues to the right and into a mini gorge. After visiting the gorge you will find a rocky path that leads to Linh Nham a tall chimney-shaped cave with a small altar inside, Hoa Nghiem a shallow cave with a Buddha and the stunning Huyen Khong Cave lit by an opening to the sky.
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When you reach the top of the mountain you can view the whole city while enjoying some cool breeze and fresh air.
You may also want to visit the Non Nuoc Village located at the foot of the Marble Mountains. The village is very famous for stone sculptures and handicrafts. Here you can find many things made of marble stone. There you will find delicate jewelry such as earrings and necklaces and exquisite statues of Buddha, sphinxes, birds and animals. You can also find national heroes as well as famous characters.
How to get to Marble Mountain Da Nang
There are different ways to get to the Marble Mountains. You can take a taxi from your accommodation or a motorbike taxi. Make sure you know where you are going if not you can join a tour organised by travel companies in Da Nang and Hoi An. If you can ride a motorbike then take one to the Marble Mountains. Motorbike renting can be from 100, 000 – 150,000 VND/bike/day excluding petrol.
From Da Nang city center, there are two roads leading to the Marble Mountains:
– One is the main road along My Khe beach to Hoi An: on that road head south about 9 klm till you see the board “Ngu Hanh Son”/ “Marble Mountains” on your right side.
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– The other one is the main road of Ngu Hanh Son Street called Le Van Hien: also head south till you see some clusters of mountains on your left with the board “Ngu Hanh Son” or “Marble Mountains”
If you visit the Marble Mountains coming from Hoi An just follow Lac Long Quan street along the shore for approximately 18 kilometers.
It’s best to wear light clothes and a good pair of sneakers or jogging shoes if you decide to explore the caves and pagodas in the mountains.
So, come and experience!
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