Dong Huyen Khong, or Huyen Khong Cave, is definitely the coolest cave on Mt. Thuy in the Marble Mountains in Da Nang, Vietnam. There are colorful statues, multiple shrines, natural limestone formations – including ‘holes’ in the ceiling, and one great calm Buddha high up in the center of it all.
This is certainly one of the top things to do in Da Nang, Vietnam.
In this LIVE, I tell the legend of how the Marble Mountains were formed as well as give you a really good look at the space and sculptures within. I was lucky enough to be there when the cave was empty so you can see it in it’s peaceful and pristine state.
All of the caves on Mt. Thuy, the only one of the Marble Mountains that the public can visit, have some challenge in regards to terrain, and Huyen Khong Cave is no exception. The stairs are steep and deserving of caution.
Visiting the Marble Mountains is easy and affordable if you’re in Da Nang or Hoi An. It’s about a 15-minute drive from the My An area of Da Nang and it’s easy to get a Grab to and from the Marble Mountains. When I went, this cost about $3.50 USD. Admission may vary post-pandemic, but expect to pay $2-4 USD each, including the elevator ride.
Note: You definitely want to use the elevator to get to the top. There is plenty of climbing and physical challenge on top of the mountain just getting to see the caves. Don’t wear yourself out just getting up there.
If you’re in Da Nang, make time to visit the Marble Mountains, you won’t regret it.
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Okay, here is the cave. There are significant stairs, so if the video goes, I’m going to say I’m doing this as if it were LIVE, I’m not editing this so I can still more or less call it a LIVE. I’ve also got mosquitoes. So we come in and we’ve got these two, I like to call them guardians.
They are reminiscent of some things we saw in a Taoist temple in China, in Beijing, but not quite as fierce looking. I’m going to go down some steps, so if the video gets a little shaky. I’m going to try and focus on something interesting while I go down the steps.
Because I am alone here, and if anything happens it’s gonna be a while before someone finds me, well they might hear me hollering, I don’t know but I’ve got, I’m just being extra careful. So look at that – isn’t that cool? Isn’t that infinitely cool?
Yeah, that’s awesome. That is awesome. As I mentioned, the mountains are the five elements, this is the only one you can go up in. It is the water mountain.
Yeah, and then you have the whole shrine underneath down here.
The legend behind the Marble Mountains is that a dragon came up on shore here in Da Nang, and there is a beach just across the way, and laid an egg. When the egg hatched, the five shards that the egg hatched into were left behind as the Marble Mountains.
Look at that. Very nice, very nice.
If you want to go all the way up to the temples you need to take off your shoes. I actually wore my full on trekking shoes because I knew it was going to be rocky way, so I’m not going to go all the way up to the temples.
You can burn incense up there, you can do your prayers that sort of thing.
Ah, look, check it out, lions, gargoyles. Tigers probably, actually, I’m sure those are tigers. Silly me.
I don’t know about you but I kind of love being in caves. I didn’t know I loved caves. I’m not going to become some grand spelunker, but these limestone caves here in Asia are really cool. See, that’s the entrance we just came in. I started recording this midway down, so you didn’t see me take care of those that top set of stairs.
Here’s the main display, and there is the Buddha. There is the Buddha. I think it’s pretty amazing that I am here alone. I mean the fact that just circumstances allowed me to be here without a whole crowd of people. It’s really pretty cool.
Here’s the information, except there’s no English translation.
So I’m going to do a sweep of the cave for you. Oh,we didn’t see this temple over here. Let’s take a look at this one. I panned across it, but let’s see if we can see much that’s inside.
Because I have the freedom to do it, I’m going to stand in the middle of the room and do a 360, and I may do it twice (only once), getting upper and lower areas. So let’s get to the middle. Okay, big 360.
There’s a swoop up for the Buddha.
This is a brief look inside one of the coolest caves at the Marble Mountains. Thank you for joining me and I will see you next time.