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Marble Mountain: Vietnam's Sacred Buddhist Site in Da Nang

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Marble Mountain is a beautiful tourist destination in the heart of Da Nang, Vietnam. It’s a cluster of five marble and limestone hills. It’s not just a place with stunning natural scenery, but also an important spiritual site for Buddhists. Make a pilgrimage to ancient caves and pagodas.

The Marble Mountains are close to many wonders of central Vietnam. You can also learn about local craftsmanship in Non Nuoc Village or visit Hoi An ancient town. It’s a great addition to your Vietnam tour.

Fast Facts about Marble Mountain

  • Location: Da Nang, central Vietnam
  • Hours: 7 AM – 5:30 PM every day
  • Tickets: about 40,000 VND ($1.75) for adults; additional cost for elevator use
  • Visit time: 2-4 hours
  • Best time of the year: March till September (in dry season)
  • Suited to: nature lovers, history lovers, spiritual travelers

Overview of Marble Mountains

Legend has it that once a giant dragon laid an egg in Da Nang. After it hatched, the eggshell broke into five pieces, which became the five hills of the Marble Mountain. Each mountain is named after one of the five basic elements, metal, water, wood, fire, and earth.

Marble Mountain got its name because the area has rich high-quality marbles. Historically, people extracted them from the hills and have been using them for centuries in local sculpture art and constructions. Today, the Marble Mountain is famous for its natural beauty, amazing caves, ancient pagodas.

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What to See and Do at Marble Mountains

1. Thuy Son (Water Mountain)

Thuy Son is the largest and most famous of the five hills in Marble Mountain. The climb to the top is rewarding with panoramic views of Da Nang and surrounding countrysides. At Thuy Son, make sure you visit key sites including Linh Ung Pagoda, Tam Thai Pagoda, and the mystical Huyen Khong Cave with impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

Linh Ung Pagoda is an important religious site. There is a large, 10-meter (33-foot) tall Buddha statue that overlooks the site. You should also visit the Xa Loi Tower which houses as many as 200 Buddha statues inside.

Tam Thai Pagoda is one of the oldest pagodas in the region, a significant historical landmark built in the 17th century. It is famously nationally as a sacred site for Buddhist.

2. Huyen Khong Cave

Huyen Khong Cave is one of the largest and most amazing caves in Marble Mountains. It is partially uncovered, so the sunlight comes in to illuminate its interior. There are several Buddhist shrines and statues. The lighting and rock formations are amazing to see. Moreover, if you’re interested in its history, the cave served as a field hospital and a hiding place for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.

3. Am Phu Cave (Hell Cave)

Another one of the largest caves in Marble Mountain is Am Phu Cave. This cave is unique in the sense that it is somewhat eerie. Its interior is designed to resemble the Buddhist concept of hell, with statues and carvings depicting scenes of judgment and punishment, the Buddhist principle of Karma.

You’ll not only have an immersive experience and be amazed at the designs, but also get a sense of the local ancient religion.

4. Non Nuoc Village

Non Nuoc Village lies at the foot of the Marble Mountain. This local village is renowned for its skilled stone carvers. Artisans here have been making marble sculptures for centuries, and you can observe them at work, purchase souvenirs, even commission custom pieces. This is the perfect place to learn about the cultural heritage of the region.

The Marble Mountains Limestone Cave
Marble Mountains Limestone Cave

Best Time to Visit Marble Mountains

The best time to travel to Vietnam and visit Marble Mountain in Da Nang Vietnam is during the dry season, from March to September. The weather is nice for going to outdoor attractions. Visibility will be better for hiking and exploring the caves. Visit in early morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday heat and crowds.

How to Get to Marble Mountain from Da Nang

By Bus: Taking a local bus is the cheapest option, but buses may be less frequent and slow comparatively. The ride usually takes 30-45 minutes.

By Taxi or Grab: Grab is the popular ride-hailing app in Vietnam. They are convenient and relatively inexpensive ways to reach Marble Mountain from Da Nang city center. The drive usually takes around 20-30 minutes.

By Motorbike: Renting a motorbike is popular among adventurous travelers who want the flexibility to explore at their own pace while enjoying the view along the ride. The ride from Da Nang to Marble Mountain takes about 20 minutes. Be sure to wear a helmet.

Guided Marble Mountain Tour: Many travel agencies have guided tours to Marble Mountain from Da Nang. These tours usually include transportation, a guide, and sometimes other activities or visits to nearby attractions. It is the easiest way to visit Marble Mountain and surrounding areas. You’ll also make the most out of your trip with a helpful guide.

Attractions Nearby the Marble Mountain

1. My Khe Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam, My Khe Beach, is just a short drive from Marble Mountain. It’s ideal for a beach day with soft white sand, clear blue waters, gentle waves. Go swimming, sunbathing, or join water sports. The beach is also lined with restaurants and cafes where you’ll find fresh caught seafoods and refreshing iced drinks.

2. Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town is one of the top tourist attractions in Vietnam, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hoi An was once a charming trading port back in the 15th century. It now has historic architecture and bustling local markets. Go visit ancient temples, traditional houses, and hop on a boat ride on Thu Bon River. Hoi An is just a 30-minute drive from Marble Mountain.

3. Da Nang City

While you’re in Da Nang, don’t miss the exciting city itself. Visit the bustling Han Market and impressive Dragon Bridge. You’ll find excellent dining options and a lively nightlife. Moreover, the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture has world’s largest collection of Cham artifacts.

4. Son Tra Peninsula

Also called Monkey Mountain, Son Tra Peninsula is a natural paradise just north of Da Nang. It is perfect for nature and wildlife enthusiasts with many jungle trails. You might also have a chance to spot the endangered red-shanked douc langurs that inhabit the peninsula.

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