Da Nang is one of Vietnam’s major international gateways, the largest city in central Vietnam and a major port. The city originates from the Champa kingdom. Our tour is designed to introduce you to the key sites and important history of the city including Lady Buddha pagoda (CHUA LINH UNG), Marble Mountains (NGU HANH SON) and the Museum of Cham Sculpture.
Lady Buddha pagoda, famous for the Goddess of Mercy statue, faces the Eastern Sea. On the left is Cham Island, to the right is the Hai Van Pass. The pagoda was built on 12 hectares of land on Son Tra Mountain. It symbolizes belief and the nation. It marked the development of Vietnamese Buddhism in the 21st century.
Marble Mountains is a well-known pilgrimage site with peaks, caves, tunnels and temples composed of a group of five limestone and marble hills. Named after the 5 elements of metal, wood, water, fire and earth, Marble Mountains exist in a coastal area renowned for stone cutting and sculpture. 10km south of Da Nang. This tour will make a stop at a well-known marble workshop where you will see how local artisans make the Buddha statues with great patience and skill.
Museum of Cham Sculpture first opened in 1919 and was enlarged in 1936. It is the world’s largest collection of Cham artifacts. The collection was started by French archaeologists and experts from L’École Francaise d’Extrême Orient (EFEO). Some artefacts were sent overseas to Paris while others made their way to Hanoi and Saigon museums; many typical objects were left in Tourane – now modern day Da Nang.