Da Nang, Vietnam Photo Gallery

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    Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, Vietnam

    Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, Vietnam
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    Cham Museum, Embroidery Factory, Market, Marble Mountains, and China Beach

    The Crystal Symphony docked in Chan May, Vietnam, so that guests could take shore excursions to either Da Nang, Hue, or Hoi An. We chose the 5-hour tour of Da Nang (also spelled Danang), and enjoyed the ride through the Vietnam countryside to Da Nang (also spelled Danang).

    Our first stop was at the Museum of Cham Sculpture, an interesting outdoor museum with over 300 pieces from the Cham empire, dating back as far as the 7th century. Next, we watched young seamstresses perform intricate work at a local embroidery workshop. We walked through the local market, and experienced a sensory overload as we took in the many smells and colorful sights. The bus drove onto the Marble Mountains, and we watched the stone workers craft their sculptures. While there, we took time to explore one of the many Marble Mountain caves, but did not have time to get a closer look at the pagoda. Finally, we enjoyed a well-deserved rest at China Beach, which is now a resort, but was once a favorite R&R site for American soldiers during the Vietnam War..

    This ornate rooftop at the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang is quite lovely and fits with the Asian architecture.

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    Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, Vietnam

    Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, Vietnam
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    The Museum of Cham Sculpture is one of the "must see" sights of Da Nang, Vietnam.

    The Chams, now one of the minority peoples of Vietnam, once lived in the lowlands of Central Vietnam. This outdoor museum has over 300 pieces of Cham sculpture, one of the largest collections in the world (along with the History Museum of Ho Chi Minh City and the Guimet Museum in Paris). The exhibits date mostly from the 4th to the 15th centuries and are done in sandstone. Many of the pieces were influenced by Hinduism or Buddhism.

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    Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, Vietnam

    Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, Vietnam
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    The 300 exhibits of artwork in this outdoor Cham museum date from the 7th to the 15th century.

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    Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, Vietnam

    Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, Vietnam
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    The Chams are one of the ethnic minorities of Vietnam, and once settled most of the lowlands of central Vietnam. The museum includes over 300 pieces of art. 

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    Da Nang, Vietnam Embroidery Shop

    Da Nang, Vietnam Embroidery Shop
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    The women working in this shop perform intricate embroidery stitching, and many of their pieces are even two-sided.

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    Young Seamstress at Da Nang Embroidery Factory

    Young Seamstress at Da Nang Embroidery Factory
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    Look at the many different thread colors this young artist is using in her piece!

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    Vietnamese Traditional Embroidery in Da Nang, Vietnam

    Vietnamese Traditional Embroidery in Da Nang, Vietnam
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    The traditional Vietnamese embroidery often includes two-sided pieces such as this one.

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    Da Nang, Vietnam - Street Scene in Da Nang

    Da Nang, Vietnam - Street Scene in Da Nang
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    Vietnam has horrendous traffic, most of it from motorbikes, and many accidents.

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    Da Nang, Vietnam - Street Scene in Da Nang

    Da Nang, Vietnam - Street Scene in Da Nang
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    I was a little worried that the woman in the previous photo, but she escaped unscathed from the motorbikes.

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    Da Nang Street Market in Da Nang, Vietnam

    Da Nang Street Market in Da Nang, Vietnam
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    Note the young woman wearing a mask. I always thought that these masks were to protect the wearer from germs or smog. However, both our guides told us that the primary reason is to protect the wearer from the sun. Pale skin is much admired by Vietnamese women.

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    Da Nang Market in Da Nang, Vietnam

    Da Nang Market in Da Nang, Vietnam
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    The market was filled with fresh vegetables and every type of seafood you could imagine, many of which I wasn't even sure what they were.

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    Da Nang Market in Da Nang, Vietnam

    Da Nang Market in Da Nang, Vietnam
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    The sights and smells of this market will cause your senses to go into sensory overload mode. You don't know where to look (or sniff) next!

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    Da Nang, Vietnam - Marble Mountains

    Da Nang, Vietnam - Marble Mountains
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    These five hills comprising the Marble Mountains are about 7.5 miles (12 km) south of Da Nang, and are made of limestone with marble outcroppings. Each one of the hills is dedicated to one of the five traditional elements: fire, water, earth, metal, and wood. The mountains have been a sacred site since the time of the Chams.

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    Marble Statuary for Sale at the Marble Mountains Stoneworks

    Marble Statuary for Sale at the Marble Mountains Stoneworks
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    More shopping opportunities in Vietnam! These stoneworks will ship your purchase home, so you don't have to carry it. Several in our group bought sculptures.

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    Marble Mountains Stone Craftsman near Da Nang, Vietnam

    Marble Mountains Stone Craftsman near Da Nang, Vietnam
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    Watching these marble craftsmen work gave me a renewed appreciation for the work of sculptors.

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    Marble Mountains of Central Vietnam - Tam Thai Pagoda

    Marble Mountains of Central Vietnam - Tam Thai Pagoda
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    The Tam Thai Pagoda sits on Thuy Son hill. Although the original Tam Thai dates back to 1630, the pagoda was rebuilt by Emperor Minh Mang in 1825.

    Unfortunately, our tour did not allow time to climb the 150+ steps to the pagoda. We heard the view is spectacular.

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    Marble Mountain Cave near Da Nang, Vietnam

    Marble Mountain Cave near Da Nang, Vietnam
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    The caves at Marble Mountain are considered sacred; some of the largest were used as hospital sites during the Vietnam War.

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    Da Nang Vietnam - Marble Mountain Cave

    Da Nang Vietnam - Marble Mountain Cave
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    The entrance to this Marble Mountain cave was protected by statues and included a koi pond.

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    Marble Mountain Cave near Da Nang, Vietnam

    Marble Mountain Cave near Da Nang, Vietnam
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    This statue "greeted" (or terrified) visitors to one of the numerous Marble Mountain caves.

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    Da Nang Vietnam - Marble Mountain Cave Interior

    Da Nang Vietnam - Marble Mountain Cave Interior
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Da Nang Vietnam - Marble Mountain Cave Interior

    Da Nang Vietnam - Marble Mountain Cave Interior
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    The Marble Mountain caves include many religious artifacts, most of which we couldn't understand.

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    Da Nang Vietnam - Marble Mountain Cave Interior

    Da Nang Vietnam - Marble Mountain Cave Interior
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    The caves in the Marble Mountains are considered sacred religious sites.

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    China Beach near Da Nang, Vietnam

    China Beach near Da Nang, Vietnam
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    China Beach was a favorite place for rest, relaxation, recreation, and recuperation for American soldiers during the Vietnam War.

    Forty years ago, China Beach was filled with American soldiers on R&R. Today it is a peaceful, quiet, almost empty beach. The white sand and ocean are quite lovely, and many resorts have sprung up along the coastline near Da Nang.

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    China Beach near Da Nang, Vietnam

    China Beach near Da Nang, Vietnam
    Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison