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How To Explore Marble Mountain in Da Nang

Published on November 2, 2018 by Anna Ngan

You travel to Da Nang and get some recommendations to visit Marble mountain? If you are wondering how to explore it, this article is for you.

Do you love shredding the high climbs and enjoy the panoramic views of the unbelievably soaring peaks? Then look no further than Marble Mountain a cluster of five spectacular hills that are all made from marble and limestone in Danang. But how to explore Marble Mountain? There are so many things for you to do, from the shrines, pagodas, caves to other amazing views over beaches.  Follow our guides below:


Marble Mountain is known as a population consisting of five limestone mountains growing close together but different in height and shape. The location of this amazing scene is at 52 Huyen Tran Cong Chua street, Hoa Hai ward, Ngu Hanh Son district, Da Nang and it attracts many visitors every year. If you choose to arrive soon, maybe at a different entry to everyone, so it was so silent.

For those who desperately like to learn how to explore Marble Mountain, then you must know that they’re named after five elements of yin and yang. They are Metal Mountain, Wood Mountain, Water Mountain, Fire Mountain and Earth Mountain. Among all, visitors often choose to visit Water Mountain which is the largest one with lots of interesting things to explore.

What to explore?

Let’s start with Water Mountain

Did you know? The caves lying within the Water Mountain are said to maintain a lot of secrets, such as the bullet holes right from the troops. These are mainly utilized for the aim of spying on the US soldiers who often relax on My Khe beach as well as some certain buildings within the caves or grottoes. According to the locals, there are some Buddhist sanctuaries and sites of worship spread across the Marble Mountain.

Located at the top of the Water Mountain is Linh Ung Pagoda. You have to climb 108 stairs in the east gate or 156 steps in the west gate to reach there. If your health is not in a good state, no worries, elevator is available for who cannot climb. Our advice for you is not to visit this mountain in the evening as the elevator stops work at that time. There is a 10m-high Buddha statue placed in the center position of Linh Ung Pagoda and Bodhisattva Bodhisattva and Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva in two sides.

Next, you should follow the way to Tam Thai Pagoda which is located on a fairly flat surface. The temple has 3 gates and the most important gate for the monk, the left gate for the male and the right is the female pass. The pagoda features ancient architecture and has undergone many repairs due to natural disasters and war.

Out of several shrines and pagodas, Tam Thai pagoda can be the one that you don’t like to miss at all. How? It’s just the real witness of history and owns great cultural values. While in the Water Mountain, reach west and move up 156 steps and then you could find yourself right in front of a 3-entrance gate that takes you to the pagoda.

Metal Mountain

The ascent of Kim Son (also known as Metal Mountain) also take you past many statues, shrines, temples and through a couple of old-looking entrances. It is located in the southeast, by the bank of Co Co river. Boating on the river, tourists can admire the mountain ball, pagoda printed on the calm water. There is a cave of 50m long, 10m wide, 10-15m high at the foot of the Mountain.

And once reaching the top, you will get bombarded with some particular signs for caves or viewpoints, so you can have two next hours exploring. Besides, you’ll get to view a unique circular cave, which is believed to lead to the summit. It’s just where you easily take a closer look at the most magnificent panoramic views.

Wood Mountain

Once getting to the Moc Son (also known as Wood Mountain), you start to view it and undeniably admire it soon after that. It is located in the east, close to the sea, near Water Mountain. The east and the south of the mountain are sandy caves, its north is the field and its west is the village. The top of the mountain is cut into jagged teeth like the rooster, so it is possible to have the name of Mong Ga Mountain.

Fire Mountain

This mountain surely offers you a challenge, and then you can try to take over it by climbing them, as said by Sir Edmund Hilary. You might finally find the path and start the hike right below the mountains at that time, and pass by Pho Son Da pagoda covered by the lush of trees. Hoa Son (also known as Fire Mountain) consists of two tops and a rocky outcrop connecting them. The west mountain near Kim Son is Duong Hoa Son, located on the bank of Co Co river.

In the past, when people in Danang and Hoi An exchanged goods by waterway, there is a river crossing here with extremely busy boats passing.

Earth Mountain

Tho Son (also known as Earth Mountain) is located in the north of Metal Mountain and in the west of Water Mountain. This is the lowest, but also longest part of Marble Mountain, looks like a dragon lying on the sand. The west of Earth Mountain is Ba Cha river. It has two levels; the top of the block is on the east side. The northern slope is steep, with steep cliffs, narrow and low. The body of the mountain has a thin layer of grass covered to reveal many places of red clay color with ancient Champa bricks.

Experience the viewpoints

It’s just what everyone loves to come for! If you used to view the Marble Mountain a few times from the bus’ window and often consider those views from above to be really cool, then I must say that you won’t be disappointed.

The caves here are very massive, and sure enough, there will be a few pretty cool lighting effects. There will be a few violent Buddhist models exhibited here, which could remind you of some of the strange Haw Par Villa in Singapore.

And you can even run into the stampede of some tour bus passengers by the point, but they can’t detract from the amazing nature of such caves. Most of these caves are quite easy to get in or move out of. However, one of them probably requires you to have a certain degree of climbing even the slippery situation.

In fact, there are many viewpoints that overlook the countryside and right down the coast over the beach and reaches the Hai Van Pass. It’s also a facile walk, but the heat can be a challenge! Sure enough, all of the above are the must-visited places that you can’t miss during the stay in the Marble Mountain.

How to get to Marble Mountain?

It can’t be easier, especially when you decide to make way to the bus station in Hoi An before deciding to hop on a bus that goes straight to Danang. You will spend about 20 minutes and then you can see those mountains right out of the window. The entry is a brief distance from the street. And you can do the day trip here within a few hours if you’re still in a rush.

In addition, do not ever let the “mountains” word take you away from visiting it once you’re not really up for a walk.

When is the best time to visit Marble Mountain?

There’s something undeniable about this: Marble Mountain if beautiful and spectacular no matter whenever you try to see it. However, your trip turns out to be the best in the dried season (rainy season may come in Oct or Nov). If you intend to go in summer, not just you will see the mountain clusters but also its prettiest time of the year in Vietnam.

In this time, don’t forget to put on some breathable pieces of clothing because there are many stairs that are waiting for you to climb. Remember to take water with you as well since the tropical climate is something you find it hard to struggle with.

For me, visiting Marble Mountain in the morning is the best thing to do. It helps you avoid the annoying traffic and discover the entire place before it becomes too crowded.

Ticket prices:

– Water mountain:   40,000vnd/person

– Am phu cave:        20,000vnd/person

– Elevator to the top of Water mountain: 15,000vnd/person( 7am -5:30pm)

– Vong Canh hill:      10,000vnd/person


Trust me, you will love your whole day trip to the Marble Mountains, especially when the views alone are just worth it. But more than this, the caves, pagodas, shrines, and all statues are beautifully combined to make this site more special than ever. And it’s just one of so many great things to do around Da Nang- Hoi An, so I suggest you spend as much time as you can when being here.

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