DA NANG CITY TOUR
+ Pick up from your hotel
+ Marble Mountain: a short lift ride to enjoy breath taking views of Da Nang and its beaches. Visit to the Non Nuoc Village at the foot of Marble Mountains.
+ Local Market
+ Museum Of Cham Sculpture
+ Linh Ung Pagoda
+ Return to your hotel
Marble Mountains is considered a huge Penjing (Chinese Bonzai garden) close to Da Nang City. It is a group of five marble and limestone mountains, named after the five elements of ancient oriental philosophy: metal, wood, water, fire and earth.
Among these five mountains, almost all temples, pagodas, and caves are located in Thuy Son (The Water Mountain). Therefore it is considered the most beautiful and highest mountain in the Marble Mountains.
These mountains have a complicated system of caves and tunnels. In the past, they were used as hiding places and important bases for the Vietnam revolutionaries.
The Non Nuoc Village at the foot of Marble Mountains is famous for stone sculptures and handicrafts. The tourists have a chance to admire skillful carvers creating their beautiful sculptures. Each work of art expresses the talent and sophistication of the artisans. Here you can buy many articles made of marble stone, from small ones to huge statues of Buddha.
Han market is popular among local and tourists alike. The market was officially opened in the 1940’s.Orignally it had been a spontaneous trading area. Thanks to convenient transportation on both road and waterway, Han Market has grown and become one of the most important and well-known markets in Da Nang attracting a great number of tourists from home and abroad. With the variety of choices, Han market is ideal for those looking for some Da Nang’s souvenirs before heading home
MUSEUM OF CHAM SCULPTURE
Museum of Cham Sculpture, also known as Cham Sculpture Museum is a creation of the French in Da Nang when they colonized Vietnam. The construction of the museum began in July 1915 with the help of French scientists in the Ha Noi-based Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient (Far East Institute). The museum was officially inaugurated in 1919. Undergoing many phases of restoration and completion, the museum has reached the perfect appearance it has today.
With their roots dating back as far as 192 AD, Vietnam’s indigenous Cham people had an Indian way of life in both culture and language. The Cham Museum in Da Nang is dedicated to this period and the Champa existence which began predominantly in the coastal areas of Vietnam. It collects, stores, and displays sculpture relics of the Champa kingdom found in the Cham towers and ramparts in the South Central Coast and Central Highlands
At present, the museum exhibits approximately 300 sand stone and terracotta sculptural works made between the 7th and the 15th centuries which are diverse on artistic styles, shapes, and architecture. These are impressive works typical to the Cham culture.
All these pieces of arts were found in the Cham Pa temples and towers thorough Central Vietnam, from Quang Binh Province to Binh Thuan Province. At the museum, most of the artifacts have been arranged corresponding to the geographical areas where they were discovered.This division helps an observant tourists to realize typical Cham architectural characteristics in each locality, thanks to influences of the culture and particular lifestyle.
MONKEY MOUNTAIN (SON TRA PENINSULA) + LINH UNG PAGODA
Simply referred to as Son Tra Peninsula, the verdant mountain is surrounded by pristine beaches, stands 693 metres above sea level. It is also home to the rare red face monkey. Monkey Mountain was a prominent observation base during the American-Vietnam War, housing two radar domes that are now taken over by the Vietnamese military as well as a helicopter pad, which makes for a cool lookout point
Located in Son Tra Peninsula, Linh Ung Pagoda was finished in July 2010 after six years of construction. It is considered to be the most magnificent work in the city regarding its architectural and artistic values.
Linh Ung Son Tra Pagoda is the largest pagoda in Da Nang City both in terms of scale (about 20ha) and artistic architecture. It is built with the harmonious combination of modern and traditional Vietnamese temple architecture. It reflects also the harmony between the sea and the mountain in a quiet space. The pagoda is a special place linking Heaven and Earth.
The most prominent feature in the architectural ensemble of Linh Ung Pagoda is Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara statue (or the Goddess of Mercy) overlooking the sea. The statue is 67 meter high and the diameter of the lotus is 35 meters, it is as high as a 30-storey building.Inside this statue, there are 17 floors, each housing 21 tiny Buddha statues with different shapes and facial expressions. Local people strongly believe in “Lady Buddha” as the protector of the land, blessing them overcoming the unexpected natural disasters they have to suffer year by year.
From the pagoda’s courtyard, tourists can comfortably admire the panoramic view of the whole Da Nang City, forests, islands and waters of Son Tra Peninsula. It is not only a religious site, but also a spiritual tourist attraction.
Duration: 6 hours