The Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains) landscape in the central coastal city of Da Nang received the national special relic certificate at a ceremony held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The mountains have been one of the most visited sites in Da Nang and the city’s second National Special Relic after the Dien Hai Citadel was recognised last year.

The site – which features five mountains by a pristine beach in Ngu Hanh Son district – was first recognised as a national historical and cultural relic in 1990.

The landscape, which covers 2.2sq.km, was given the name Ngu Hanh Son, or Non Nuoc, by King Minh Mang under the Nguyen Dynasty in 1837.

According to archaeologists, the complex of marble mountains was formerly islands. The beach they sit on ranges from Son Tra peninsula to Non Nuoc beach.

The complex hosted 1.5 million tourists in 2018./.