Explore the Museum of Cham Sculpture
- Located: No 1 Trung Nu Vuong Street
- Admission fee: VND 30,000 (Less than $2)
It is the Cham Museum that showcases the sculptures of the Cham or Champa people who inhabited and ruled the Central Vietnam during the period from 192 AD until 1835. The French built this museum with heavy Cham influence showcased in the architectural design with adornment and sculptures brought in from towers and temples from all over the region. Sculptures even date back from the 6th to 17th century. These works of art and artifacts and deal with Hindu and Buddhist influenced materials. Gods, legends and sacred animals were carved as statues, altars as well as other temple adornments. There are almost 300 different works on display inside as well as outside of the main building.
In Phong Le Village in Danang, archaeologists have recently unearthed an ancient Cham tower which is believed to be at the age of 1,000. The tower measures 16m by 16m with four towers and four gates. Thanks to many artefacts having been unearthed so far, this site provides closer insight into the ancient Champa kingdom.
Tackle the mighty Marble Mountains
- Located: to the South of Danang
- Admission: Only one of the mountains is open to be scaled by tourists
Situated southwest of Danang, the five limestone mountains, which are named after the five elements by an emperor of Vietnam’s past, once held temples and even pagodas carved deep into the mountains. The Viet Cong, French and Americans all left their marks on the mountains as hiding places and lookouts. Exploring temples, caves, tunnels and even for something different and beautiful to view, let’s climb up the only open mountain! center Vietnam tours
Relax on the beautiful beaches of Danang
My Khe or China Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Danang. Once being an R&R location for American troops during the Vietnam War, today this beach is still used for relaxing moments and enjoying the sun and sand. Along with clean beaches and a reduced amount of beggars compared to other beaches, beautiful accommodations are also available for travelers.
Hailed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by Forbes magazine in 2005, Non Nuoc beach with clear water, white sand and green forests surrounding is where visitors come to enjoy surfing on its gentle waves and its proximity to other sites such as the Marble Mountains.
Discover Danang Cathedral aka Rooster Church
- Location: on Tran Phu Street, City Center
Because of its copper rooster weathervane, this candycane pink church built in 1923 for the French Catholics who inhabited Vietnam at the time has long been called the church Con Ga or the Rooster Church. Today Danang Cathedral serves 4,000 parishioners with services offered in different languages. Come early to avoid having to stand in the back or even in the street with cyclists for services led by the local priest if you wish to attend services and observe the Vietnamese etiquette. To help parishioners follow along with the service, papers are printed out.
Marvel at the decorative Buddhist Pagodas
Situated in many buildings, especially its pagodas in Danang are some of the most striking architecture, culture and history present in this city. All pagodas in Vietnam are traditional tiered spots of Buddhist worship that hold special sacred articles. Within the confines of the pagoda and its surrounding areas, worshippers come to pray and meditate.
Phap Lam Pagoda
- Location: No 574 Ong Ich Khiem Street
- Opening time: 5:00-11.30 AM & 1:00-9.30 PM
Being home to an impressive golden Buddha statue, Phap Lam Pagoda is an active Buddhist place of worship open to tourists and worshippers. The evening hours, when other visitors have gone, are the quietest time to enjoy the beautiful architecture and religious art.
Pho Da Pagoda
- Location: No 340 Phan Chu Trinh Street, City Center
Built in 1920’s and rebuilt multiple times, Pho Da Pagoda is an active place of worship located in Danang as well as the worship place for many lively Buddhist festivals all year around.
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