Da Nang didn’t top the list of “The most livable city in Vietnam” for no reason. The coastal city is not only the best place for business operation but also a tourism gem. If you’re wondering about what to do in Danang, this list from hellodanangvietnam.com should equip you with all you need to plan your perfect Da Nang itinerary.
2. Cultural and Spiritual Activities
Touring the famed Linh Ung Pagodas is one of the best things to do in Da Nang Vietnam. The sacred triangle created by the three Linh Ung pagodas is undoubtedly the highlight when it comes to religious attractions in Danang. The holy trinity is believed to gather the quintessence of the earth, protecting the city.
The best way to learn more about the origins of the sites is to travel in a group led by local tour guides.
First Linh Ung Pagoda
Located 8km Southwest of Danang on the eastern side of Thuy Son (the biggest of the five Marble Mountains), the first Ling Ung Pagoda also goes by the name of Linh Ung Non Nuoc. The pagoda was built by Emperor Minh Mang in 1825 and renamed Linh Ung in 1841, making it the most ancient out of the three.
The 30m tall Xa Loi Tower sits on the left of the pagoda. There are also 200 statues and 40 reliefs of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Arhats. Some of the highlights include 3 statues of Buddhas of the past, present, and future inside the main sanctuary; statues of the Goddess of Mercy and the 18 Arhats; etc. Despite the fact that it has been restored many times, the tranquil pagoda still holds a special place in every devotee’s heart.
Second Ling Ung Pagoda
Linh Ung Ba Na Pagoda (Source: Internet)
Built in 2004, the second Linh Ung Pagoda is situated on top of Ba Na Mountain, at an altitude of 1,400m. The Pagoda is also called Ba Na Linh Ung, the highest of the three, and part of the Ba Na – Suoi Mo Eco-tourism Zone, 28km to the west of the city.
Linh Ung Bai But (Source: Internet)
What attracts tourists even from afar is the white colossal and intricate statue of Shakyamuni Buddha – the founder of Buddhism. The 27m high Buddha has a calming effect like nothing else and looks even more majestic between clouds and mountains. The main sanctuary has the same architecture as that of the Linh Ung Non Nuoc Pagoda and both are led by the same Buddhist monk.
From the supremely serene pagoda, visitors can get a panoramic view stretching over Danang, including the jungles, Danang Bay, Marble Mountains, Hai Van Pass, Son Tra Peninsula, My Khe Beach, etc.
Third Linh Ung Pagoda
The pagoda is only 9km away from the city center, on Son Tra Mountain, facing the Eastern Sea. Inaugurated in 2010, Linh Ung Bai But is the newest and also largest in terms of scale and architecture (20ha). The pagoda was built in a perfect harmony of modern and traditional elements.
The Goddess of Mercy (Source: Internet)
One of the most prominent and beautiful artworks is the magnificent statue of the Goddess of Mercy in the courtyard, gently looking upon the ocean. The 67m tall statue is the tallest and biggest statue in Vietnam to date and be seen from anywhere in the city. There are statues of 18 Arhats neatly lined along the path leading to the main shrine, following a certain order. The statues of Sakyamuni Buddha, Avalokitesvara Buddha, and Tripitaka Buddha are in the middle, on the right, and on the left of the main shrine, respectively.
3. Craft Villages
Non Nuoc Village (Source: Internet)
Residing at the foot of the Marble Mountains, Non Nuoc Stone carving village was formed in the late 18th century by artisan Huynh Ba Quat. The village is famed for their delicate sculptures and a must-see attraction in Danang where visitors can watch skillful sculpture artisans in action. Meticulous and sophisticated craftsmanship is reflected in all of their patterns. These artworks are not only loved by the domestic market but also imported and exhibited in many countries from all over the world (Australia, United States, New Zealand, etc.).
All of the materials used such as limestone, marble, sandstones, etc. are transferred from other provinces to preserve and embellish the relic site. Their wide product range consists of household utensils, home decorative items, jewelry, statues of many different sizes (Buddha, national heroes, celebrities and famous people across the history, and animals), tombstones, etc.