Marble Mountains or Ngu Hanh Son, Non Nuoc Mountain in Vietnamese is a common name of 5 limestone mountains rising on a sandy beach. It’s covering area of about 2 km2, including Kim, Moc, Thuy, Hoa and Tho Son.
Their meaning as follow elements. Kim Son mean Metal Mountain. Moc Son mean Wood Mountain. Thuy Son is Water Mountain. Hoa Son mean Fire Mountain and Tho Son Mean Earth Mountain.
Most visitors to Da Nang want to visit Ngu Hanh Son – which is considered as the symbol of this land. The space of fanciful, poetic, temples and caves, trees, waves… has made this place become the birthplace of heaven for visitors. It’s the best central Vietnam holidays destination.
When is the best time to travel?
With fresh, cool weather and beautiful 4-season scenery. It is one of the attractive Da Nang tourist destinations that you can visit at any time of the year. If traveling in the summer, besides Marble Mountain, you can combine vacation at beaches in the area.
How to go to Marble Mountains?
The distance from City center to Ngu Hanh Son about 7km so you can choose to travel by motorbike, bus or taxi.
- Motorcycles: You can follow 2 roads to Ngu Hanh Son: Vo Nguyen Giap – Truong Sa – Non Nuoc or Le Van Hien – Non Nuoc. Time to travel by motorbike is about 15 minutes.
- Bus: You can choose route 1 from Da Nang to Hoi An, departing from Danang Central Bus Station and getting off at Marble Mountain. The time between buses is 20 minutes.
- Taxi: Some taxi lines in Da Nang. Such as Han River Taxi, Mai Linh Taxi, Huong Lua Taxi.
The legend of Marble Mountain
According to the legend of the Cham people, there was an old fisherman in the north. Who lived in the sandy beach of the sea.
One day. The old man saw a very large dragon coming here to lay eggs. Suddenly a golden turtle appeared, claiming to be Kim Quy, sand digging the egg, then handed the old man a pedicure, and teaches how to handle the dragon eggs. Thanks to the goddess turtle, he has prevented the hawks and the evil animals to invade the hatchery.
Then, the egg grows larger. Until one day, the egg hatches a beautiful girl (with a book of fairies), and the eggshell split into five pieces, becoming the top: Ion, Wood, Water, Fire, Earth. Cham King heard the story then married a girl as wife, while Spirit Kim Quy was carrying the elderly to heaven.
It is located in Hoa Hai ward. It’s about 8km to the South west of City center, right on route Travel Da Nang – Hoi An.
1. Kim Son
Kim Son in the north. The shape of the mountain looks like a bell-shaped lying between Hoa Son and Tho Son, and next to the Truong river extends to the Han River. Today, the Truong River has been partly filled with rice fields and ponds. Lying on the back of this mountain is the ancient Quan Am Pagoda with mysterious Quan Am.
2. Moc Son
Moc Son in the southeast, located parallel to Thuy Son. Although named “Wood”, but the trees here are very few. According to Quach Tan, this mountain was also a magnificent one, with the mountains rising up, the white rocks rolled up. Later on, the mountain slopes in the north and south were excavated so many that it looked like a broken wall.
3. Thuy Son
It is located on a large land area in the northeast direction, It’s covering about 15 ha, and 160m high above the sea level. Because the mountain has three vertices located on three levels, like the three stars in the tail of the Big Dipper (folk called Sao Cay), so called Tam Thai mountain. This is the largest and most beautiful mountain in the are. That the reason why most visitor visit this mountain daily.
Thuong Thai is the tallest peak of 106 m in the North West of Thuy Son. There are serval pagodas in this mountain. Such as. Tam Thai Pagoda, Tam Ton Pagoda, Tu Tam Pagoda, Giang Vo Temple, Hoa Nghiem Cave (one Among the statues here are statues of goddess Thien Y A Na of Cham people, Huyen Khong, Linh Nha cave,…
Trung Thai is a slightly lower to the south of Thuy Son, notably: Heaven Gate (Van Quyen Gate), Van Thong Cave (still called Hang To Heaven), Thien Long Cave (called Dragon Cave), Thien Phuoc cave.
Ha Thai is the lowest point of Thuy Son, the most notable is Linh Ung Pagoda, Xa Loi Pagoda, Vong Hai Dai (sea view station), Tang Chon Cave.
Specially. There are two ancient relics rare in Thuy Son, which is the stela of Linh Son Buddha in Hoa Nghiem, and the heart shaped card of fire with autographs of King Minh Mang donated to Tam Thai pagoda.
4. Hoa Son
Hoa Son in the southwest, opposite to Kim Son, on the left side of Su Van Hanh street. In the past, the Co Co river ran along the southern side of the Hoa Son Mountain. Today, only a narrow strip of water is connected to the two sections of Ba Cha and Bai Dai rivers at the beginning and end of Hoa Hai. This is a double island, consisting of a yin and a yang island, connected by a natural rock formation. Around this road is Ung Thien Pagoda.
5. Tho Son
The name is “Da Chong Mountain” located in the North West. This is the mountain, the lowest but also the longest, looks like a dragon lying on the sand. The mountain has two-storeyed blocks of rock on the top and especially on the east side. The northern slopes are steep, with steep cliffs, narrow and low. Sparse vegetation due to extensive damage.
According to the legend of Tho Son is a place of spirituality, and from ancient times, Cham people have chosen this place to station. Here, there is a remnant of a Cham architecture.
How to get Marble Mountains
- From centre city (11km) you may go there by taxi, motorbike or car for half day tour.
- From Hoi An ancient town (18km). It’s great for stop over on the way to and out Hoi An. You may interest this tour packages 5 days.
- Should not go to weekend (there are many local tourist, Korean and Chinese go here at weekend)
- Long dress are requested if you visit pagoda here.
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