The Marble Mountains ( Ngu Hanh Son) Da Nang – Things To Do In Da Nang
Existing up to this day, The Marble Mountains is still a “mysterious” land that is closely associated with many different legends. Since the 18th year of the Minh Mang reign (1837), this area has also been called Marble Mountains Scenic Area. It is a complex of six small mountains located close to each other, bringing about the majestic beauty of nature and exciting spiritual experiences for tourists. So what makes Marble Mountains special? Let’s discover it right away in this article with a tour of Da Nang.
Where is Marble Mountains in Da Nang?
Located outside of Son Tra Peninsula, Marble Mountains is a region often referred to as a natural gift to the city of Da Nang. Known not only for its beautiful natural scenery and majestic mountains, Marble Mountains also attracts many tourists to participate in cultural and spiritual activities.
Address of Marble Mountains in Da Nang
Located at 81 Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street, Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang City, Marble Mountains is about 8 km south of the city center. This is one of the famous historical heritages of Central Vietnam. Therefore, many tourists who enjoy sightseeing and visiting famous cultural heritages often combine Marble Mountains with other destinations such as Hue tourism, Hoi An ancient town, and My Son Sanctuary.
Directions to Marble Mountains in Da Nang
Marble Mountains is located at the end of Da Nang city, adjacent to the province of Quang Nam. Therefore, this location is quite far from the central bus station or Da Nang airport. If you are not familiar with the area, you should take a taxi or grab to get there. On the other hand, if you want to rent a car for a cost-saving trip, you can follow these two routes:
- Starting from Da Nang central bus station: After leaving the bus station, turn right onto Ton Duc Thang Street, go straight across Hue Junction Bridge to Dien Bien Phu Street. Continue straight to turn right onto Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, then turn left onto Nguyen Van Linh Street and go straight to Rong Bridge. Here, you just need to turn right and go straight across Ngo Quyen, Ngu Hanh Son, and Le Van Hien streets to reach Marble Mountains.
- Starting from Da Nang airport: After leaving the airport, you will come across a roundabout at the intersection of Duy Tan – Nguyen Huu Tho – Le Dinh Ly streets. Go straight down Duy Tan Street to reach Tran Thi Ly Bridge, then turn right onto Ngu Hanh Son Street and go straight to Le Van Hien Street. After a few more blocks, you will arrive at Marble Mountains.
Experiences not to be missed when visiting Marble Mountains in Da Nang.
As introduced, Marble Mountains is a gathering of six small mountains. Based on the natural location as well as the theory of Yin and Yang, the five mountains have the following names: Kim Son, Moc Son, Thuy Son, Hoa Son, and Tho Son. Hoa Son has two adjacent mountains, namely Duong Hoa Son and Am Hoa Son. So what will you experience when visiting Marble Mountains Mountain?
Kim Son – the location of Quan The Am Pagoda.
If you are a spiritual follower, a Buddhist, you must have heard of or visited Quan The Am Pagoda in Da Nang. This temple is located on Kim Son Mountain, in the Ngu Hanh Son district. Visitors to Quan The Am Pagoda can burn incense and pray, visit the architecture and the imposing statues, and participate in the famous Quan The Nam festival during the year.
The entire structure of the temple is built magnificently, modernly but still makes the most of the caves to make places for worship and display Buddha statues. Visitors when entering the cave at Kim Son Mountain will be able to admire layers of stalactites clinging to the cliffs, forming the image of Quan The Am Bodhisattva sitting on a coiled dragon, majestic and imposing.
Moc Son – the white Quan Am marble rock.
Moc Son is perhaps the “strangest” mountain in the Marble Mountains complex. Unlike other mountains, Moc Son is the only place without temples, with few trees, mainly barren rocks forming a small mountain in the sky of Da Nang. The highlight that makes many people know Moc Son is the white marble rocks combined together to form the shape of a person sitting. It is for this reason that this rock block is often called Mrs. Quan Am by the locals.
Thuy Son – The most beautiful mountain among the 5 peaks.
Thuy Son is perhaps the most famous mountain among the Five Elements Mountains that many tourists visit when traveling to Da Nang. It is known as the “big bag” mountain and has many beautiful scenes to visit.
Here, tourists can experience the feeling of mountain climbing to reach the temples and spiritual places that are very responsive. Moreover, when climbing to the top of Thuy Son mountain, tourists will be overwhelmed by the majestic natural scenery of the entire area of the Five Elements Mountains. At the same time, you can admire the beautiful view of Da Nang city. If you come to the Five Elements Mountains and do not climb to the top of Thuy Son to admire the scenery, it would be a great omission.
Hoa Son – Explore the ancient Linh Son temple.
Unlike other mountains, Hoa Son will include two adjacent mountains, Am Hoa Son and Duong Hoa Son. Each mountain will have different characteristics and architecture. Specifically, Am Hoa Son is located to the east, which is an attractive destination for those who love to learn about rocks and art.
In contrast, Duong Hoa Son is located to the west, with the ancient Linh Son temple and the Huyen Vy cave, Pho Da Son. Visitors can visit the temple, explore the cave architecture, and learn about the mysterious legends of the younger sister of King Minh Mang.
Tho Son – The place where 4 temples are located.
Tho Son, also known as the “Stone Mountain Tunnel”, is the gathering place for 4 temples, of which the most famous are Long Hoa Temple and Hue Quang Temple, 2 temples that own beautiful landscapes, where visitors can admire the panoramic view of the Marble Mountains.
Surrounded by towering rock walls, the eastern part of Tho Son has a deep cave with a length of about 20m, but the entrance is very narrow. Therefore, Tho Son was once a hiding place and revolutionary activity of patriotic soldiers. Nowadays, it is known as a historical relic, attracting tourists to visit when coming to Da Nang.
Visit Linh Ung Temple in Marble Mountains.
When talking about Linh Ung Temple, many tourists may mistakenly think of the big temple located on Son Tra Peninsula. However, in Marble Mountains, there is also a temple with the same name. Linh Ung Temple in Marble Mountains is over 200 years old, situated on the top of Thuy Son Mountain.
Visiting Linh Ung Temple, tourists can explore the system of statue arrangements, including three Buddha statues, Quan The Am statue, Sakyamuni Buddha statue, Van Thu Bo Tat statue, Pho Hien Bo Tat statue, Quan Am Chuan De statue, Dia Tang statue, and two Protector of the Dharma statues and 18 Arhats statues. They are all exquisitely carved, vividly portrayed to look the most authentic.
Discover Vong Am Dai Vong.
An Dai (or also known as Vong Giang Dai) is an ideal destination where you can observe the panoramic view of the Marble Mountains mountain range. Located on the top of Thuy Son Mountain, standing on Vong Am Dai, tourists can easily admire the poetic and romantic scenery of the mountains, rivers including the two rivers Cam Le and Co Co here.
Visit Non Nuoc Stone Village.
If you have visited all six mountains in Ngu Hanh Son district, you can immediately visit the nearby Non Nuoc Stone Village. This is a traditional craft village specializing in stone carving art, extremely famous in Da Nang.
The locals here mainly make a living from stone carving, with years of experience and skillful hands, they have gradually become the artisans of this Non Nuoc Stone Village. Here, tourists can admire unique artworks, meticulously carved, vividly recreated to every detail.
Immerse yourself in Non Nuoc Beach.
Da Nang has many beautiful beaches, attracting many tourists, the most famous of which is perhaps My Khe Beach. However, Non Nuoc Beach in Marble Mountains is also equally beautiful.
Less crowded and noisy than My Khe Beach, Non Nuoc Beach will be more peaceful and tranquil. Here, you can immerse yourself in the cool water, gentle waves, sunbathe on the white sand beach to enjoy the early morning sunshine. Besides, if tourists still want to explore the rivers and water area, they can go to Bay Mau Coconut Forest, which is not too far from Marble Mountains.
Admire the ancient Buddhist architecture at Tam Thai Pagoda.
Tam Thai Pagoda is known as one of the oldest and most ancient pagodas located on Thuy Son Mountain, part of the Marble Mountains system. Situated inside a natural cave, Tam Thai Pagoda stands out with its unique and majestic architecture, surrounded by beautiful natural scenery.
Every year, this pagoda attracts many visitors and Buddhist followers who come to offer their prayers and offerings. The main temple of the pagoda worships Quan The Am Bodhisattva, the Buddha Founder and the Great Bodhisattva. The gate of the pagoda is designed in the distinctive style of the Nguyen dynasty’s temple architecture, making it an ideal check-in spot for many young people.
Experience Huyen Khong Cave.
Huyen Khong Cave is considered the most beautiful cave in Marble Mountains. It is a natural cave that takes advantage of sunlight shining into the cave, creating an incredibly magical scene that makes visitors feel like they are lost in a fairyland. Besides, visitors should not forget to pray for luck at the temple of the Fairy Lady and pray for peace and health at the temple of the Lord of the Thousand Mountains.
Experience the thrill at Am Phu Cave.
Finally, exploring Am Phu Cave at Marble Mountains is also an extremely exciting experience that visitors should not miss. Before entering the cave, there is a bridge of Yin and Yang, leading deep inside the cave, where it is divided into two branches leading to Heaven and Hell.
If visitors choose to go to Hell, they will discover 12 gates, each guarded by a different official. Hell will reproduce scenes similar to the legends of being very real and frightening. After going through Hell, visitors should remember to climb up to the path to Heaven to feel like they are being reborn once again.
Revealing experiences when traveling to Marble Mountains that not everyone knows.
Below are some tips we would like to introduce to you when visiting and traveling to Marble Mountains.
When should you explore Marble Mountains?
The best time to discover Marble Mountains is probably from the dry season, from February to May. During this time, the weather in Da Nang is beautiful, warm and not too harsh, with little rain. Therefore, this period is very suitable for mountain climbing and visiting Marble Mountains.
In contrast, during the period from June to September, the strong sunlight can cause fatigue and overheating during the mountain climbing process. In the rainy season, the roads are slippery, and the caves are more humid, so it can be quite dangerous to visit Marble Mountains during this time.
What should you bring when traveling to Marble Mountains?
When visiting Ngu Hanh Son, you should be aware that the main route is on the mountain, with steep slopes. Therefore, tourists should choose comfortable clothing to facilitate the movement and flexibility during climbing. Specifically, you should not wear dresses or high heels when visiting Marble Mountains as they can make climbing very inconvenient, cause foot pain and fatigue, etc. Instead, choose sportswear, sneakers or comfortable flat shoes.
What to eat when exploring Marble Mountains?
Not only having many valuable tourist attractions, Marble Mountains is also a culinary paradise with delicious specialties such as Quang noodles, fresh seafood, fermented fish noodle soup, banh xeo (Vietnamese sizzling pancake), etc.
However, to find good restaurants, tourists should refer to reviews on the Internet or ask local residents here carefully. Some good restaurants that we recommend to you are Cu Nhat seafood restaurant, A Ty seafood restaurant, Ba Vi Quang noodle, Ba Mua Quang noodle, Co Muoi Banh Xeo restaurant.
Latest ticket prices for visiting Marble Mountains
Latest admission prices to Marble Mountains. Marble Mountains, Da Nang is recognized as a national heritage site in December 2018. Tourists visiting here will almost have free or ticketed sites. However, admission prices here are quite cheap, specifically as follows:
The latest ticket prices for visiting Marble Mountains (Marble Mountains) in Da Nang, Vietnam are as follows:
- Adults: 40,000 VND (~1.75 USD)
- Children (between 1m – 1.3m height): 20,000 VND (~0.87 USD)
- Children (below 1m height): Free
Please note that these prices are subject to change, and it’s always a good idea to check the official website or confirm with the ticket booth before purchasing tickets.
Above is an introduction to the famous tourist destination in Da Nang, Marble Mountains. We hope that the information we provide will help you learn more about this famous heritage site as well as temple and cave locations, etc.