|Marble souvenirs' village at foot of Marble Mountain|
Marble Mountain is just what its name implies, a mountain composed almost entirely of marble. It is located on the edge of Da Nang with a view of the ancient city of Hoi An and the famous China Beach where US GI's would go to swim, surf, and relax as they took a few welcome days away from the war.
|Murphy prepares to stride up the mountain.|
|Tourist sits down waiting to die.|
I thought I would die!
There is a Buddhist temple at the first landing, and several smaller monuments on up the mountain. There are also several caves, many of which house Buddhist shrines.
This first post on Marble Mountain will go just as far as the Buddhist temple. There will be more from Marble Mountain in the next post.
|A view from the steps|
|Female Buddha overlooks a deconstruction|
|Mosaic lion guards entrance to Buddhist temple|
|Archway (from inside) leading to temple|
|Me in front of temple|
|Front pillars of temple|
|Interior shot of Buddhist temple|
|Murphy and our guide, Tran, discuss|
finer points of Buddhism