The Marble Mountains Da Nang Vietnam are a famous representation of natural beauty, cultural value, and historical significance. They are located in Vietnam, just south of the busy city of Da Nang. These imposing landforms, which are made up of five hills made of limestone and marble, have long been admired for their magnificent scenery, historic pagodas, and complex cave systems. The five elements: Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire), and Tho (earth) are the names of the mountains, and each one has a certain charm and historical artifacts of its own.

Marble Mountains
Marble Mountains

Unravel the secrets of Marble Mountains – Natural wonders, fairyland of the Central Vietnam

1. Where is Marble Mountains?

If you’re wondering where is Marble Mountains, let us help you with this!

1.1 Location

To answer your question, the five limestone peaks in Vietnam’s Marble Mountains are located at 81 Huyen Tran Cong Chua, Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang City, eight kilometers from the city center. Due to its advantageous location, Marble Mountains Da Nang is accessible to tourists traveling through the Central Region and is situated along the route that leads from the Hue Imperial Citadel to Marble Mountains, Hoi An Ancient Town, and My Son Sanctuary.

Please note that Marble Mountains (or Ngu Hanh Son) is open from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM daily. To enjoy the Marble Mountains, you need to plan to spend at least two hours. Also, try to avoid visiting during the hottest times of the day or the rainy season. The entrance fee is 40,000 VND, and using the lift will cost you 15,000 VND.

Marble Mountain Da Nang
Marble Mountains Da Nang

1.2 History

For Marble Mountains history, according to Cham folklore, a dragon is said to have flown to Non Nuoc Beach one day and laid an egg there. The egg took a while to hatch, but eventually, a lovely girl emerged. The five enchanted mountains that exist today were created when the eggshell shattered into five pieces. The Vietnamese term for this mountain range is “Ngu Hanh Son,” which was given the name Marble Mountains by Emperor Minh Mang in 1825. The five elements of Eastern philosophy—metal, water, fire, wood, and earth—were used to name each mountain. These titles haven’t changed throughout time, and Vietnam’s Marble Mountains are today a popular tourist destination with their numerous magnificent peaks, caverns, and temples.

1.3 Entrance Fee

The Marble Mountains was recognized as a special national monument in December 2018. Ticket prices to visit here are quite cheap, specifically as follows:


Visit places
Prices
AdultStudentChildren
Thuy Son (Water Mountain)40.000 VND10.000 VNDFree
Am Phu Cave (Hell Cave)20.000 VND7.000 VNDFree

At Thuy Son Mountain, there is an elevator system and service guides to meet the requests of visitors:

  • Elevator service ticket price: 15,000 VND/person/turn (round-trip ticket price is 30,000 VND/person);
  • Explanation and guide ticket price: 50,000 VND/group.

2. What to do at Marble Mountains Da Nang?

Are you curious about what to see at Marble Mountains Da Nang, we’ve prepared everything for you!

2.1 Visit Linh Ung Pagoda

When visiting the Marble Mountains in Da Nang Vietnam, Linh Ung Pagoda, which is located on the eastern side of Water Mountain, must be explored. The pagoda, which has been there for more than 200 years, is popular with people who worship Buddha or just want to unwind in a peaceful, spiritual place. The 10-meter-tall Buddha statue and Xa Loi Tower are the two most noticeable aspects of Linh Ung Pagoda. Constructed in 1997, the Xa Loi Tower stands 28 meters tall with seven stories and 200 statues of Buddha, Bodhisattva, and Arhat within. Of all the stone monuments in Vietnam, this one has the most.

Linh Ung Pagoda Marble Mountain
Linh Ung Pagoda Marble Mountains

2.2 Explore The Five Marble Mountains

When exploring the Marble Mountains Da Nang, tourists can see the stunning natural scenery, go back to basics, or discover more about the culture of the country. There are countless exquisite pagodas, temples, tunnels, and caves within the five mountains just waiting to be explored. Moc Son (Wood Mountain) is home to a unique human-shaped Co Mu Stone. Tho Son (Earth Mountain), is the longest and lowest mountain. Hoa Son (Fire Mountain), is the location of two other mountains. The largest and most exquisite mountain is Thuy Son (Water Mountain). Kim Son (Metal Mountain) is where the renowned Quan The Am Pagoda is located.

Marble Mountain Da Nang
Marble Mountains Da Nang

2.3 Check-in Huyen Khong Cave

One of the biggest and most spectacular caverns in the Marble Mountains Da Nang is Huyen Khong Cave. The Buddha statue receives amazing lighting from the sun at the top of the cave because of its unusual and open structure. Outside the cave are two small temples called Chua Tien Temple and Thuong Ngan Temple, where people come to offer prayers for prosperity and good health. 

This hallowed site has undergone tremendous changes throughout the years and has been involved in turbulent historical events. Huyen Khong Cave is located in the Marble Mountains, which have been used for a variety of reasons over the years. It has served as an army post on several occasions, providing tactical advantages in times of war. The local revolutionary leadership used the cave as a hidden base during the French Colonial War. Later on in the Second Indochina War, it served as a military training facility for South Vietnamese and American troops. After the Viet Minh took over in 1968, Huyen Khong Cave became an essential surgical and medical center for the liberation army.

Marble Mountain Da Nang
Marble Mountains Da Nang

2.4 Admire Am Phu Cave (Hell Cave)

Huyen Khong Cave is exactly the opposite of Am Phu Cave, one of the largest caverns in the Marble Mountains Da Nang. Since “Am Phu” translates to “Hell,” the cave represents Buddhist hell, which is the afterlife for sinners. Buddhism holds that people will go to hell rather than paradise after death if they continue to conduct evil deeds. Am Phu Cave provides an immersive and spine-tingling experience. It is an astounding 302 meters long and boasts towering heights of up to 40 to 50 meters. The exquisite sculptures depict the profound Buddhist idea of Karma that all actions have consequences and cleverly improve the cave’s natural shape. Upon entering the Am Phu Cave, tourists are met with horrifying images of agony that symbolize the karmic punishment meted out to people who committed serious transgressions during their previous lives.

Am Phu Cave
Am Phu Cave

2.5 Visit Tam Thai Pagoda

Tam Thai Pagoda is an old pagoda constructed in the 17th century under the Le Dynasty. It is situated above Thuy Son (Water Mountain) and encircled by picturesque scenery. Its entry is a three-door gate; in Buddhism, the left and right gates are for men and women, respectively, and the middle gate is reserved for monks. The pagoda has gone through many renovations throughout its history. Tam Thai Pagoda is recognized as a National Historical – Cultural Heritage Site and has become a spiritual destination for Buddhists.

Tam Thai Pagoda
Tam Thai Pagoda

3. How to get to Marble Mountains?

Located about 11 kilometers from Da Nang, Vietnam’s bustling city center, the Marble Mountains provide a convenient and interesting complement to any holiday plan. Do you want to know how to get to Marble Mountains Da Nang? There are plenty of easy options from the city center. One option is to go straight to the location in a taxi or ride-hailing service; this will take about half an hour, depending on traffic. Alternatively, you might take one of the local buses that run in the region and use public transport. It is easy for visitors to locate the bus stops and ask questions regarding the bus routes that go to the Marble Mountains Da Nang.
Renting a motorbike can also be a fun way to get to the destination and see the gorgeous surroundings along the route for those looking for a more immersive and daring experience. Getting to Marble Mountains promises to be an exciting experience amid the site’s natural beauty and cultural significance, regardless of the form of transportation selected. A quick 20 kilometers to the north will take you to a conspicuous sign that indicates the entry to the Marble Mountains for visitors arriving from Hoi An. On the other hand, you can reserve a private tour with us, Danang Discoveries and a private vehicle will take you to the Marble Mountains.

4. Nearby Attractions

5.1 My Khe Beach

Even though it is not officially a part of the Marble Mountains Da Nang complex, My Khe Beach is one of the must-see spots nearby and provides a tranquil getaway. You can take part in water sports or relax on the sandy beaches. With its pristine seas and powder-soft white sands, this gorgeous beach is sure to enchant you. It is the ideal location close to Da Nang for swimming, tanning, or just relaxing on the beach and taking in the sea breeze.

My Khe Beach Da Nang
My Khe Beach Da Nang

5.2 Dragon Bridge

Additionally, there are a tonne of neighborhood restaurants that serve delectable fresh seafood nearby. Apart from My Khe Beach, another must-see spot is the Dragon Bridge. When night falls, the 666-meter-long, famous landmark that crosses the Han River is illuminated with a breathtaking show of multicolored LED lights. To the delight of both locals and tourists, the Dragon head, the structure’s focal point, spits water and fire every weekend at nine o’clock in the evening.

Da Nang in Vietnam
Dragon Bridge Da Nang

5.3 My Son Sanctuary

Next on the list is My Son Sanctuary, the ruins of a prehistoric civilization from the fourth century are on display at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Its numerous red-brick buildings, which include striking towers with elaborately carved and sculptured representations of different Hindu deities, provide tourists with an insight into the religious convictions and customs of the Champa Kingdom.

My Son Sanctuary
My Son Sanctuary

5.4 Ba Na Hills

Lastly, the Ba Na Hills is a fascinating, above-the-ordinary hill station. Bana Hills is renowned for its magnificent scenery, bustling French Village, and the iconic Golden Bridge, which is supported by enormous stone hands. It is a monument to both the beauty of nature and architectural wonders.

hoian to bana
Ba Na Hills

Join us as we take you on a full-day Da Nang City tour and Ba Na Hills tour to see Danang’s many facets and the must-see spots near Marble Mountains, where each step is a stroll through nature, history, and the vibrant pulse of modern life.

6. Travel Tips

  • The roads of the Marble Mountain are mostly mountain roads; many areas are slick with moss, therefore be cautious and quiet when driving;
  • If there are senior persons in your tour party, you should take the elevator when exploring Thuy Son Mountain to save energy and avoid the treacherous path at Gate 2;
  • You need engage a guide or tour guide to truly appreciate and feel the Marble Mountains’ beauty and historical significance;
  • When you visit the Marble Mountains, you will see a lot of souvenirs and beautifully carved stones. If you want to buy it as a gift, go there, but remember to bargain beforehand.

The Marble Mountains boast the harmonious beauty of the natural environment combined with the allure of spiritual culture. The temples and caves are linked, like shapes and shadows. When visiting Da Nang, the Marble Mountains are undoubtedly a must-see attraction.