Marble Mountains – icon of Da Nang tourism

The Marble Mountains are a popular destination near Danang city in central Vietnam, famous for temples, pagodas, caves, and magnificent views of fields and ocean. The Marble Mountains, eight kilometers southeast of downtown Danang, rise above the sandy beach of Hoa Khue village. There are five peaks named after the five basic elements in Eastern philosophy – metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. They look like a god’s hand when seen from above, suggesting that this is a holy land. Legend says that an old fisherman, who lived on the Danang coast, suddenly saw a dragon emerging from the water to lay an egg. After the dragon had disappeared back into the water, a golden turtle, who claimed to be a god named Kim Quy, came and dug a hole in which to bury the egg. The turtle gave the fisherman one toenail and instructed him to protect the dragon egg from hawks and other predators. The dragon egg hatched a beautiful girl and the eggshell broke into five pieces, which turned into the five Marble Mountains. The Marble Mountains today are a nature reserve sheltering historical relics with a spiritual dimension. The sounds of wind and wooden bells, the… Read full this story

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