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Marble Mountains in Danang, Vietnam

Taken from Marble Mountains in Danang City, Vietnam.

Taken from Marble Mountains in Danang City, Vietnam.

Taken from Marble Mountains in Danang City, Vietnam.

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  • Image © 2012 Joni Nguyen

In the early 19th century, King Gia Long, the founder of the Nguyen Dynasty, passed by and named the five mountains as Ngu Hanh Son. He also named each of them according to one of the five elements of the universe: Kim Son (metal of gold), Moc Son (wood), Thuy Son (water), Hoa Son (fire), and Tho Son (earth). According to Oriental philosophy, metal, wood, water, fire and earth are five elements that create the universe. Five is a very important number in oriental mentality and life. And so, the five mountains that compose Marble Mountain are filled with mysterious and well worth visiting.

The stone carving village stretching along the road leading to the Ngu Hanh Son entrance is also a very attractive sight for visitors. At this village, you can admire all those wonderful works created by patient craftsmen right in front of you. All the stones for the works are taken and transferred from the Marble Mountains. 

Published on 3/21/12

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