Nui Ngu Hanh Son is the Vietnamese name for Marble Mountains, means Mountains of 5 Elements. The 5 peaks are called Thuy Son (water), Moc Son (metal), Tho Son (soil) and Hoa Son (fire). Inside the Marble Mountains, the Vietcong had their base during the Vietnam War.
Today, the monastery walls of the ancient Buddhist temples in the Marble Mountains are pock-marked with bullets from the area’s far less peaceful recent history.
A visit to the Marble Mountains is a great way to spend some time outdoors, as well as a great way to understand both the ancient and recent history of the area.