Occupying pride of place in the district of Ngũ Hành Sơn, the Marble Mountains are a cluster of limestone hills named after the 5 elements. Here are some interesting facts regarding the mountains.
At a Glance
Located in the southern reaches of Da Nang City, the Marble Mountains, or the Five Elements Mountains as it is also known as a natural wonder that has truly stood the test of time. The five mountains that make up the range have been named Moc (wood), Kim (metal), Tho (earth) Thuy (water), and Hoa (fire) respectively and earned the National Special Relic certificate in 2019 from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Each of the mountains features separate tunnels and entrances while it is possible to scale to the top of Mount Thuy.
During the War
The American Marble Mountain Air Facility, which propped up during the Vietnam War, was thus named due to its proximity to the hills. And it is said that a field hospital for the Vietcong was also located within the mountain range. This hospital is believed to have been set up in a hidden location to avoid detection from the Americans.
The Marble Mountains are also considered a religious highlight in Da Nang due to the many Buddhist and Hindu grottoes contained inside. Some of the most famous grottoes and spiritual hubs inside the mountains include the temple of Tam Thai, Linh Ung, Tu Tam and Huyen Khong.
Tips for Visitors
Travellers based at Citadines Blue Cove Danang or any similar serviced apartment in Da Nang will find that taxis, local buses and motorbike taxis offer quick transfers to the mountain range. The best time to tour the Marble Mountains is during the summer months.