Marble Mountains, a group of five hills that depict the five different elements: metal, wood, water, fire and earth, is the idea of a magician’s heaven. Filled with twists and turns, new heights and caves, breathtaking views and mystical temples define the Marble Mountains. Located just 20 minutes outside of the centre of Danang and easy to reach by taxi or with an organised tour, Marble Mountain is a great place to spend the morning or late afternoon with friends or family. The area itself has a huge number of steps to be wary of, but those who are less able can take the glass lift to the highest point of Marble Mountain to explore. At just 15,000 VND (0.67 USD) per entry, it’s simply a bargain with all the different points of interest to visit and caves to delve into. Allocate at least 2 hours to visit the over 15 different sights!
Learn about the history of Marble Mountains
Serving as a religious site as well as a reminder of the Vietnam War, being a Vietcong medical facility and containing both Hindu and Buddhist grottoes, Marble Mountains promises both mystery and history. 156 steps up from the bottom leads to the Thuy Son summit that includes many buddhist figures and shrines surrounded by the smell of incense and nature that have engulfed much of the Mountains’ cliff sides. From here, you can see many of the mosaic features of the Vietnamese and Chinese-inspired temples with many taking their regular prayer or simply enjoying the blissful peace of the Mountains.
Get as close to the movie experience as you can
If you ever felt your destiny was to be in a magical film from the tales of legends, this place is not far off the mark. The caves truly capture a whole new world inside of a cliff face as you discover what lies within the caves: Buddhist shrines, small temples, arches and engravings that have stood the test of time for over 400 years. Candles and torches light much of the way with hidden secrets in every nook and cranny found within the caves; some you even have to crawl and scramble through to see further into the caves and find more intricate etchings on the limestone rocks.
Reach new heights at the mountain peak
The views of the beaches from Danang and Hoi An and Danang City in the distance at the very top of Marble Mountains are an unmissable part of the tour. After taking the ascent to the peak, you can see each end of Central Vietnam, as you breathe in the sea air and find perfect photo opportunities! This tops off the magical and wondrous Mountains, as well as seeing many of the marble works made at the end of the tour.
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Enter a new dimension at Marble Mountains
The most magical and intriguing of places in Danang really is the Marble Mountains with over 15 different sights to visit and only costing you under 70 cents for the tour that will take around 2 hours to complete. Marble Mountain can be pre-organised with a tour company or you can take a taxi ride to the Mountains. The best time to visit is either in the morning or early evening before closing due to the heat, but remember to wear good walking shoes!
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