Ngũ Hành Sơn - The marble mountains
Ngũ Hành Sơn - Five Elements mountains - are marble mountains and Ngũ Hành Sơn is the common name of these mountains in the Da Nang. Emperor Minh Mang has named each mountain represents the major elements of the universe: Kim Sơn - Steel mountain, Thủy Sơn - Water mountain, Thổ Sơn - Soil mountain, Mộc Sơn - Wood mountain and Hỏa Sơn - Fire mountain
Ngũ Hành Sơn is away from Danang center about 5 km to the southeast, on a vast sandy beach near the coast, the village of Hoa Khue, Son Thuy Hamlet, Hoa Vang District.
Arrive Ngũ Hành Sơn, tourists often come to Thủy Sơn, the biggest mountain. Then Tam Thai Pagoda, Linh Ung Pagoda. Step up on the stair up to the Ngũ Hành Sơn, it seems entering in a different world with the cool shade, opposite with the hot air out side.
Going up, the hundred years pagodas looming in shade with traditional structure. Hidden in the mountains are but caves with cool atmosphere, different from the outside air with the Huyen Khong cave, the Linh Nham, the Van Thong, the Lang Hu cave, the Van Nguyet cave...
The history of thes mountains are full of legends. In the Le dynasty, the King Le Thanh Tong (reigned 1460-1497) discovered the Ngũ Hành Sơn mountains. Great monk Huệ Đạo Minh was the first one stayed Thuy Son and erected the stele“Ngũ Uẩn Sơn” at the Vân Thông cave in 1640. The second stele was erected at Hoa Nghiêm cave in 1641.
The color of the stone on each mountain suit their names (the 5 elements): Kim Sơn - Steel mountain - Gray, Thủy Sơn - Water mountain - Pink, Thổ Sơn - Soil mountain - Brown, Mộc Sơn - Wood mountain - White and Hỏa Sơn - Fire mountain - Red