The Marble Mountains are a group of limestone formations about 10 kilometers away from the port city of Danang in Central Vietnam. The area is filled with caves and marble crafts depicting mystical creatures and images of Buddha. Paths leading up to the top of the forested hills offer scenic views of the city and its shoreline below.
There are five formations (mountains) in all, with each being named after the five elements. They are Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth). Each of these mountains have cave entrances and numerous tunnels waiting to be explored. There are also quite a few Buddhist sanctuaries and the sounds of bells and chimes set against the elevated terrain with the sea serving as a background is a captivating experience.
Thuy Mountain is the biggest of these formations and offers the most challenging climb. After completing this climb, you will be rewarded with some captivating views. Thuy Mountain is also home to pagodas dating back to the 17th century. Hundreds of steep and natural stone steps lead to the peak of the hill to Tam Quan Gate. Right next to it is the 18th century Vong Giang Tower (Riverview Tower) where you can absorb the view of Mount Kim Son, Troung Giang and the Cam Le rivers and the surrounding coastline.
If you are feeling fit, you can continue up the path and be rewarded with more pagodas, caves and marvelous views. One of these caves is Van Thong. Inside the cavern is an ancient stele and a large Buddha image. Behind the statue is a narrow pathway, called Road to Heaven that leads up to the peak of Thuy Mountain. You will need to reserve some strength and energy for this because you will need to rock climb in order to move up. At the end of this climb is a hole that leads to a breathtaking panoramic view of the area. After absorbing the view, you can head down and visit numerous pagodas, with some hosting fine Buddha statues and other carvings.
Marble Mountains is a popular attraction for visitors to Danang and it is easy to see why. Nature and culture co-exists peacefully at this site, making for an unforgettable experience. You may contact us if you would like to experience Marble Mountains in our Absolute Vietnam tour. Everything that makes the country so unique and vibrant will be experienced in this detailed tour. A Day Hoi An and My Son – Danang day trip is highly recommended if you are in Danang and would like to explore the area’s historic Champa temples. You can also see our suggested Vietnam tours for other memorable experiences in this fascinating country.
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