NGU HANH SON (MARBLE MOUNTAINS) – A NATURAL MASTERPIECE
The name Ngu Hanh Son, also known as the Marble Mountains, originated in 1837 during the reign of Emperor Minh Mạng. This magnificent cluster of five limestone mountains in Da Nang forms a breathtaking masterpiece of nature and serves as a renowned Buddhist pilgrimage destination, drawing countless visitors from across the world each year.
What makes Marble Mountains a must-see place?
Based on their natural positions and the theory of the Five Elements, the five mountains are named as follows: Kim Son (Metal Mountain), Moc Son (Wood Mountain), Thuy Son (Water Mountain), Hoa Son (Fire Mountain), and Tho Son (Earth Mountain). Each mountain has its own beauty and exploring all of them in just one day may be challenging. To make the most of your visit, here are some distinct features of these mountains to consider:
Kim Son – Metal Mountain
Known for its intricate caves and tunnels, Kim Son offers an enchanting underground world waiting to be discovered. Nestled within Kim Son mountain is the renowned Quan The Am Pagoda, known for its magnificent and distinctive architecture that utilizes the mountain’s cave system for worship and displays Buddha statues. You can visit here for both spiritual and discovery purposes.
Moc Son – Wood Mountain
With its serene atmosphere and lush vegetation, Moc Son Mountain offers a tranquil escape into nature. Its distinctive feature lies in the formation of rugged rock slabs, creating an unique and fascinating landscape. However, the true highlight of Moc Son is the magnificent stone statue of the bodhisattva, carved from a white marble rock. Just standing there, and you will immediately feel a profound sense of grace and serenity.
Thuy Son – Water Mountain
Thuy Son is the largest and most popular mountain in the complex due to its breathtaking view and cave systems, where many renowned pagodas nestle within. Whether you go inside the mountain to explore these pagodas or climb to its summits to soak in the panoramic views, both experiences are equally rewarding and worth your while!
Hoa Son – Fire Mountain
Hoa Son is a remarkable fusion of two neighboring peaks – Hoa Son and Duong Hoa Son. This destination offers a captivating experience for visitors, allowing them to discover the unique artistic features of Hoa Son Mountain as well as immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage at the Linh Son Pagoda in Duong Hoa Son Mountain.
Tho Son – Earth Mountain
If you are seeking a place that combines history, spirituality, and natural beauty, Tho Son Mountain is an unmissable destination. Here you can find many top famous pagodas in the Marble Mountains to immerse yourself in the local culture and find inner peace in the sacred surroundings.
What is the best time of year to visit the Marble Mountains?
The Marble Mountains are most beautiful during the summer season. The warm weather, without being overly hot, makes it easier to climb the mountains. During this time, you can explore the vast caves such as Huyen Khong Cave, Tang Chon Cave, Hoa Nghiem Cave, and more. If you’re interested in experiencing the local culture, you can also visit temples and shrines like Linh Ung Pagoda, Tam Thai Pagoda, and Xa Loi Tower, among others.
Things to consider when visiting Marble Mountains
Here are some important notes to keep in mind when visiting Marble Mountains:
- Choose attire that is modest, respectful, and neat.
- Be aware that the paths of the Marble Mountains can be narrow and winding. Move with caution and be mindful of your surroundings.
- The Central region of Vietnam can have intense sunlight during the summer months. Remember to stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and wear a wide-brimmed hat and lightweight clothing.
- Respect the environment by properly disposing of waste and refraining from damaging the surroundings, such as by breaking branches or littering.
With all of the information provided above, we hope that you have found everything you need to plan your upcoming trip. May your journey to Da Nang be filled with joy, excitement, and unforgettable moments shared with your friends and family.
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