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Marble Mountains

Danang, Vietnam

South of Da Nang, Vietnam, are the Marble Mountains. These five peaks are named after the five elements of earth, water, wind, fire and wood. The mountains are picturesque on their own, but they are also home to countless caves, some of which house incredible Buddhist sanctuaries. Some caves contain Confucian or Buddhist shrines, and others were used as sanctuaries and hospitals during the Vietnam War.

The Marble Mountains are home to several Buddhist and Hindu grottoes. Thuy Son is the largest and most famous of the five Marble Mountains (and the only one accessible to visitors), with a number of natural caves in which first Hindu and later Buddhist sanctuaries have been created. A stairway of 156 steps leads to the summit of Thuy Son, the only Marble Mountain accessible to visitors. It allows a wide panoramic view of the surrounding area and the other marble mountains. There are a number of grottoes, including Huyen Khong and Tang Chon, and many Hindu and Buddhist sanctuaries, the pagoda Tam Thai, built in 1825, Tu Tam and Linh Ung, and the tower of Pho Dong. The sanctuaries feature statuary and relief depictions of religious scenes carved out of the marble.

Local buses between Danang and Hoi An can drop you at Marble Mountains, 10km south of Danang.

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