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InterContinental®’s unique brand concept, "In The Know," will help you get the most from your stay here in Danang. Delve into the soul of Vietnamese culture and heritage. There is so much to see, do and experience. With our savvy local know-how, our team at InterContinental® Danang Sun Peninsula Resort invites you to experience what defines their beachside home.
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Danang is the largest city on Vietnam’s Central Coast, and the economic hub for the region’s impressive development. While Hoi An is well-known for its historic charm, Danang is a dynamic, growing city with a panoramic riverfront area with a number of cultural and natural sites nearby.
Han Market: For a taste of a typical Vietnamese marketplace, a visit to Han Market is a must. This 28,000 square meter bi-level behemoth sells everything from dried fruits to designer knockoffs. It started as a small trading area during French colonial times, was expanded in 1940 and totally rebuilt in 1989. Local people head to Han Market for goods such as fabric, clothes, fresh fruits, flowers and local food at reasonable prices.
Danang Museum of Cham Sculpture: Located in the center of the city, the Cham Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of artifacts from the ancient Cham civilization,. Works on display range from the 7th to 15th centuries and are made of sandstone, terracotta and bronze. Many statues portray Hindu deities Shiva and Vishnu, and there are other major relics such as pedestals and linga.
Marble Mountains: The Marble Mountains are limestone formations protruding from the Non Nuoc beach just outside Danang. There are several paths which lead up to the top of the cliffs and provide breathtaking views of the East Sea and its surrounding beaches. Cham people originally housed the caves throughout the mountains, and today the surrounding area is home to local artisans who produce artwork and sculptures. Make sure to check out Huyen Khong cave, home to an enormous Cham Buddha illuminated by shafts of natural light.
Linh Ung Pagoda/Goddess of Mercy: Located on the Son Tra Peninsula, Linh Ung pagoda (one of three in Danang), is nearly 200m above sea level and offers sweeping views of the sea and the surrounding areas. But the most striking feature of the pagoda is the enormous, all-white statue of Quan The Am (also known as Guanyin), the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. At 67m, it is the tallest statue in Vietnam and one of the tallest in all of Southeast Asia. The statue faces out towards the sea, and at night is illuminated, a beacon for fisherman
Ba Na Hills: Boasting the longest and highest cable car in the world, Ba Na Hills offer a temperate mountain retreat with a cool climate year-round. The former French hill station is still being developed as an eco-tourism destination.
Golf: Golf has caught on in Vietnam in a big way, and two of the finest courses in the country are located near Danang. Montgomerie Links, located midway between Hoi An and Danang, was designed by Colin Montgomerie, while the Danang Golf Club is home to The Dunes course designed by Greg Norman. Both have won wide international acclaim and have been voted to lists of the top golf courses in Asia.
HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
Hoi An is Vietnam’s most charming and atmospheric town, an old port city that has remained remarkably well preserved for hundreds of years. A stroll through the city’s lantern-lit old town, along winding lanes, temples and Chinese shophouses is a romantic journey to the past.
Hoi An (then called Lam Ap Pho) was the main trading port of the Cham Empire from the 2nd to the 14th centuries. The city rose to prominence again in the 16th century under the Nguyen Lords and became a major economic center. Chinese, Japanese and traders from Europe all played a role in the city’s development, giving it a uniquely international flavor. Today, Hoi An’s historic charm coexists with abundant shopping and chic modern restaurants, making it a top tourist destination and a culinary haven.
As you stroll around Hoi An, you’ll notice a typical architectural feature of old houses—a pair of round “eyes” mounted on door frames. Call mat cua (door eyes) these are often inscribed with yin-yang symbols, trigrams called bat quai or animal figures such as dragons and tigers. These eyes are a symbol of the animism that has long been a part of traditional Vietnamese culture and are meant to guard the house and drive away evil spirits.
These lucky-eye symbols have also been incorporated in many clever ways throughout the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula—the M Club, for example, with its jungle & monkey-inspired décor takes a cheeky spin on the design using a swirl of bananas. Keep your own eyes open for other examples!
HUE IMPERIAL CITY
Located approximately 100km from the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, this charming old capital city on the Perfume River is worth a visit for its UNESCO World Heritage Complex of Monuments, a fascinating look at the height of feudal Vietnam. Established as the capital of unified Vietnam in 1802, Hue was the political, cultural and religious center under the Nguyen Dynasty until 1945.
Citadel Complex: The Citadel complex is located on the north bank of the Perfume River, covering an area of 520ha and comprising three circles of ramparts: Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel). It was said to be protected by two sand dunes on the Perfume River, called “the dragon on the left, tiger on the right.” At the heart of the complex is the Forbidden Purple City, surrounded by brick walls. There is a single gate in the front wall, reserved for the use of the king, while others entered through side gates. This design, common in Vietnamese imperial architecture, is echoed throughout the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, starting with the faux gate at the lobby’s mountainside terminal axis.
Royal Tombs: Southeast of the Citadel, on both banks of the Perfume River, are seven royal tombs. Monuments to the rulers of the Nguyen Dynasty, including Minh Mang, Khai Dinh and Tu Duc. Each tomb is built according to Vietnamese ideals of feng shui, called phong thuy, and decorated with stone elephants, horses and mandarins. Most of the tombs were planned by the emperor himself, so each one reflects the personality of the deceased ruler.
Thien Mu Pagoda: The seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda is the tallest in Vietnam and an unofficial symbol of Hue. It was built at the turn of the 17th century by the first of the Nguyen Lords, Nguyen Hoang, inspired by a local legend about a magical old woman called Thien Mu. The temple was originally a simple construction, but was expanded in 1665 and was added on to by subsequent emperors. In 1844, the octagonal Tu Nhan Tower, today’s recognizable symbol of the pagoda, was erected by Emperor Thieu Tri.
An Hien Garden House: An Hien Garden House is considered one of the finest examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture, where landscaping and décor were meant to represent the balance of man and nature. Originally the residence of the 18th daughter of Emperor Duc Duc, the house is fronted by a decorated gate that leads into a classic garden of orchids, jasmine, pomegranate, sunflowers and indigenous roses. A collection of fruit trees provides shade. The house features a large tiled roof supported by massive pillars, creating three bays, with the central bay assigned as a place for the family’s altar. Most of the timber is ironwood, but the four central pillars are of jackfruit wood.