Photo Reflections: Marble Mountains, Vietnam

Located just a few minutes outside of Da Nang, the Marble Mountains area is a marvelous place operating as both a major tourist destination and center of marble statue production. The main mountain itself, Thuy Son, which is kind of like a mega-boulder in the middle of nowhere, features temples, caves, and more for the curious explorer of all-things-Buddhist. It was a hot experience being in this place, but one that was more rewarding than most of the tourist-oriented locations. Had it not been the low-season for tourists, we may have felt much less comfortable with the crowds moving from statue to statue, but Jason and I were able to take our time, while the Easy Riders waited for us below. One thing you’ll notice from this post is that I took a tremendous quantity of pictures. It’s safe to say that Marble Mountain may be more photogenic than many of the religious sites we visited. You’ll see how (and why) below! It was, certainly, a perfect stop between the city of Da Nang and the picturesque Hoi An to follow . . .

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For once the white tourists weren’t being the most obnoxious:

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“5. No smoking and do not take the flammable, the explosive substances, oversized furniture in the elevator. 6. At the brigde which acrossing Xa Loi tower, you do not sit on handrail, clumb over the fence and make a moving outstructing to another. Take care of children.”

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Emulating root systems through stone carving.

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Always turning up in mysterious places . . .

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More stone wood.

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And the weirdest Buddha statue I’ve ever seen . . .

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Next: Hoi An!

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