The Marble Mountain Danang is actually 5 seperate mountains. Each one represents one of the five elements of the universe.
But none of that really means anything to the common tourist. All I ever wanted to know was whether it was worth the time to head up and see it. I have to say that it was definitely worth it.
These 5 limestone mountains (More like spindly shafts of rock) rise out of the surrounding flat plains like monolithic monuments. The highest one rises 105 meters straight out of the sand just West of the South China Sea.
There is also a certain Mystic property to the deep caves that pock-mark the sides of the Marble Mountain, Danang. Some of the caves are tiny but others are huge and were once lived in by the local monk population many years ago.
They now offer a splendid view of the South China Sea and enjoy views of the spectacular sunsets over the Annamese Mountains.
Climb the Marble Mountain Danang
Each of the mountains is riddled with caves and grottoes, with some made into pagodas and shrines.
The principal or larger mountain (Thuy Son) represents water. There is a path to the top with two entrances available to tourists. The main entrance is at the front while the second entrance is situated on the opposite side, which offers a much less strenuous climb to the top.
The mountain top offers spectacular views of Da Nang and the other surrounding Marble Mountains. There is even a better vantage point which can be reached by going through a small opening at the top of one of the caves. Here you will also be able to see China Beach and Cham island.
The Journey to the Top
A group of young children will approach you and offer to be your tour guide. All you have to do is purchase some of their overpriced souvenirs (Usually heavy rock carvings). These kids probably know these mountains better than anyone and they are very helpful, if you choose to use them.
Along the way up the trail, you'll encounter Statues of Buddha built inside most of the caves as well as other statues meant to ward off bad luck. It may seem like you are entering a haunted house with some of the caves. They are dark, eerie and reak of many hundreds of years of incense burning.
The Marble mountains, Danang were used extensively as lookout posts for American G.I.s watching over the precious airstrips in Danang. Many of the pilots stationed in Danang actually lived at the top of the largest Mountain in air-conditioned quarters and were flown up and down by helicopter.
Many battles within the cave systems left the walls riddled with bullet holes.
The best cave is called Huyen Khong cave. There are many shrines, temple guards and Buddha statues within this cave.
Where the Marble Mountain, Danang?
You'll find the Marble Mountains, Vietnam just 7 miles South of Danang and 6 miles North of Hoi An along Hwy. 1.
There are many ways to get out there. A bus service regularly visits the area nd you can book tickets through any travel agent or even with the reception desk of almost all of the hotels and gueshouses in Danang.
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