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Marble Mountains – Marble Demons

February 13, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Another trip and this time the Marble Mountains – a poor man’s Halong Bay on land. Sounds rubbish, but it was a really good day out. As we took the glass elevator up the side of the mountain, I was approached by a pretty young girl introducing herself as Miss Sin. This is usually a bad sign, but she said she was “voluntary” and that she was free! How could I resist.

 

 

the pagoda, the view and Miss Sin.

Sin turned out to be a revelation; she was a final year tourism student, finding English people to practice on, and she knew the mountain inside out, taking us through caves and tunnel systems we would not have otherwise dared to go on – like the “steps to heaven” up through the roof of a cave emerging at the top of the mountain.

climbing up the roof of the cave, emerging from the top and the famous buddha

In another area, the Buddha illuminated by sunlight streaming through bomb craters left by USAF in the main cave was the show stopper, quite how much was believable we are not sure, but it made for some great photo opportunities.  Elsewhere the mountain is littered with temples and pagoda’s, it was beautiful – approaching these things with low expectations often leaves you pleasantly surprised. A lesson for life maybe.

the caves are popular with photographers!

As the mountain is limestone/marble, the base is shrouded in villages full of marble sculptors – waiting and ready for the tourists. Like honey bees we were lured to the trap, and 20 minutes later emerged the proud owners of 2 no 650kg white marble demons for the front drive! Wicked!

check out the marble demons for the front drive. The sign in the middle says "do not touch"

The Cham museum that followed in Danang was a little drier, more for the hard core sculpture enthusiast, but it was another must see that we ticked off before another pleasant evening of local food and cheap wine. All in all – a great day out.

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  1. Bambula Indijana xxx and kiwi Pauli
    February 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I guess, sometimes it is good to Sin….well done, adventurers!

  2. Paul Rushton
    February 25, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Did you post the 650kg marble demons first class or second class to get them home?

    And I bet you made Jo carry them back to the car!! Tsssk!

    • February 27, 2012 at 12:19 am

      The demons arrive in Liverpool Port in a couple of months. Maybe you could help me pick them up?
      Hope all is well at your end,

      Alan.

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