Danang

22

Nov
2021

Danang

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Situated almost halfway along the country’s coastline, on the western bank of the Han River, Danang is one of the fastest-changing places in Vietnam. It is the fifth largest but third most important city. Though not a major destination in its own right, Danang is an excellent hub for exploring several nearby attractions, and is very well connected, with an organized air, road, and rail infrastructure linking it to points north and south. Three of Vietnam’s world heritage sites – Hoi An, My Son, and Hue Citadel– as well as scenic beaches are within easy reach of the city.

The city became prominent during the 19th century. After being captured by the French in 1859, it rapidly dev eloped, re placing Hoi An as the main port for Central Viet nam. Further expansion took place during the Vietnam War, when Danang became an important military base for the Americans. Vestiges of all three eras can still be seen in and around the city.

The Museum of Cham Sculpture, or Bao Tang Dieu Khac Cham, is one of the city’s highlights. Founded in 1915 by École Française d’Extrême Orient, the museum showcases the world’s best collection of Cham sculpture, including altars, sandstone pieces, busts of Hindu gods such as Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma, and carvings of scenes from the epic Ramayana. All the sculptures were recovered from nearby Cham sites, including Tra Kieu, the first Champa capital, My Son, and Dong Duong among others, and date from the 7th to the 13th century.

The pink-colored Danang Cathedral was constructed in 1923 and has five tiers rising to a steeple crowned with a cockerel. Another interesting sight is the Cao Dai Temple, the largest after its main counterpart, Cao Dai Holy See (see pp78–9) in Tay Ninh. Also worth visiting are Phap Lam Pagoda, honoring the Thich Ca Buddha, and Pho Da Pagoda, which is pale cream, with orange tiles and green trimming. The central temple building, which houses the main altar, is flanked by two triple-roofed towers with flaring eaves. This lovely pagoda is also used as a Buddhist college for training monks and nuns.

Danang’s newest attraction is the spectacular Dragon Bridge, which spans the Han River. Not only is it illuminated with LED lighting at night, it also breathes fire and spouts water at intervals.

Environs 

Some of Vietnam’s most breathtaking vistas can be seen at Hai Van Pass on Truong Son Range, about 18 miles (30 km) north of Danang. The summit of the pass offers splendid views of mount ains covered in thick clouds, with the blue waters of Danang Bay below. A short distance southeast of the city are the Marble Mountains. As the name suggests, these rocky formations are made of marble, and comprise several caverns that have long sheltered a series of shrines dedicated to the Buddha or to Confucius. Just northeast of Danang is Monkey Mountain or Nui Son Tra, named after its primate population. To the west of this are the Tombs of Spanish and French Soldiers, killed in the 1858 French attack on Danang.

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