Marble Mountains, located a short distance from the City centre, are familiar to everyone who has been to Danang City and are a symbol of the area. The ambience of pagodas, and grottoes, in a natural mountain setting together with the background murmur of waves from the nearby coast make the mountains a favourite tourist destination
- Almost two hundred years ago, King Minh Mang came to the Danang area. He named the mountain, grottoes and pagodas. These origin of these names including Ngu Hanh Son, Huyen Khong, Hoa Liem, Lang Hu, Tang Chan, Van Nguyet, Thien Long are now lost in history. Despite his attention on national development, the King kept in his mind the picturesque landscape of the mountains as the pride of the beautiful southern land.
- Cultural and historical stamps can be seen on every pagoda and tower built in the 19th century, and on Champa sculptures of the 14th and 15th century. There are written-on-stone poets of the Le and Tran Dynasty, a grave of Capital TranQuangKhai’s mother, a temple worshiping Ngoc Lan princess (Minh Mang King’s younger sister) and such evolutionary relics as Da Chong tunnel, BaTho cave, KimSon mount, AmPhu cave. All are persuasive evidence of the legendary Marble Mountain and the land endowed with a people of great talent.
- Like other landscapes, these mountains have many different mysterious legends. The echoes of many mysterious legends give the mountains their own character. In ancient oriental philosophy; metal, wood, water, fire, earth were five elements that created the universe. Five was the paramount number in thoughts and daily lives. The coincidence of the five peaks: metal, wood, water, fire, and earth still provides a mysterious link with the past.
To-day, visitors to the Marble Mountains can climb the 108 steps to Ling Ung pagoda, sit at VongGiang tower to look to green TruongGiang in the sunset or stand on Vong Hai tower to view sandy beaches with sea waves breaking in the shallow waters. In the late afternoon, one can see city dwellers rushing to the seaside, and fishermen patiently working their boats offshore. On the greasy paths leading to the grottoes and inside the pagodas the sandalwood exhales its fragrance. One day’s visit to the Marble Mountains makes life more beautiful and meaningful.