On our way from Da Nang to Marble Mountain which is located on the outskirts of the city.
In addition to the swing-bridge of Han River, Da Nang also boasts the Dragon-shaped Bridge (seen here), the Tran Thi Ly sail-shaped bridge, and Thuan Phuoc Bridge – the longest cable-stayed bridge of Vietnam.
Firstly, morning tea at a marble factory with all monuments and merchandise carefully crafted on site.
Just a bit overweight this Buddha (with our guide Tham), the company can ship home any purchases made.
Don’t tempt me?
Beginning with Xa Loi Pagoda, a beautiful stone tower which overlooks the coast. Immediately to the left as you enter Ong Chon Gate, is the main path to the rest of Thuy Son.
This spectacular Pagoda captures your attention immediately giving a sense of peace and serenity.
At Marble Mountain we’re briefed about the importance of this region as Ngu Hanh Son includes five mountains: Kim Son (Metal Mountain), Thuy Son (Water Mountain), Moc Son (Wood Mountain), Hoa Son (Fire Mountain) and Tho Son (Earth Mountain).
Looking back over the township with the South China Sea to our left.
Ty shows us the way around some places of worship before negotiating the caves.
A steep climb but so worth it.
Tami shows us to perfection how it should be done.
The entrance to this spectacular chamber is guarded by two administrative mandarins.
I’m glad this is not the way out …
The temples being of Hindu, Buddhist and Confucian shrines are significantly important and admired for their sheer beauty within these caves. An easy three hours were spent exploring the area before we moved onto our next place of exploration.
Stay tuned for Part Three.