Sơn Trà Mountain

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Son Tra Mountain
Monkey Mountain[1]
Aerial view of Son Tra Mountain
Aerial view of Son Tra Mountain.
Highest point
Elevation670 m (2,200 ft) [2]
Coordinates16°07′11″N 108°17′12″E / 16.1197°N 108.2868°E / 16.1197; 108.2868Coordinates: 16°07′11″N 108°17′12″E / 16.1197°N 108.2868°E / 16.1197; 108.2868
Son Tra Mountain is located in Vietnam
Son Tra Mountain
Son Tra Mountain

Son Tra Mountain (Vietnamese: Núi Sơn Trà), known to American soldiers during the Vietnam War as Monkey Mountain,[1] is a mountain located on Son Tra Peninsula, in Sơn Trà district, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, overlooking the Bay of Da Nang and the East Sea. Đà Nẵng Port's Tiên Sa Terminal is located at the base of the mountain's western face, as is nearby Tiên Sa Beach. Monkey Mountain Facility, a former U.S. military base during the Vietnam War is also located on the mountain.[1]

Y Pha Nho Cemetery[edit]

Located on Yet Kieu Road, just before Tien Sa port gates. It is a collective graveyard for French and Spanish soldiers who died in the Franco-Spanish expedition under the command of Admiral Charles Rigault de Genouilly in the first failed attempt to conquer Tourane (Da Nang now) from 1858 to 1860.

The cemetery consists of a small white chapel, with a modest shrine inside and 32 large and unlabeled small sized graves. Inscribed inside the chapel there is a commemorative plaque with the following inscription:

"A la Memoire des combattants Français et de l'Expédition Espagnols Rigault de Genouilly. Mort en 1858-59-60 en lieux et ensevelissement”.

"To the memory of French and Spanish soldiers of the expedition of Rigault de Genouilly. Died in 1858-59-60 and buried here".

The cemetery was inaugurated in 1898.

Linh Ung Pagoda[edit]

Linh Ung Pagoda is located in an area known locally as Bai But or Buddha's Sanctuary towards Hoang Sa road. It is the largest pagoda in Central Vietnam.

Lady Buddha Da Nang statue is inside Linh Ung pagoda courtyard with a height of 67m, being the tallest Buddha statue in Vietnam. It can virtually be seen from every corner of Da Nang, becoming an attractive tourist site of the city.

Ban Co Peak[edit]

Chessboard statue in Ban Co peak

Ban Co (Chessboard in English) peak is the highest mountain in Son Tra peninsula, standing at nearly 600 m above sea level. From Ban Co peak, visitors can enjoy spectacular panoramic views over the entire Da Nang city, Hai Van pass, Lien Chieu bay, Ba Na Hills, Cham islands and the sea far away.

Chapel Y Pha Nho cemetery


  1. ^ a b c Nick Ray; Peter Dragicevich; Regis St. Louis (2007). Vietnam. Lonely Planet Publications. ISBN 1-74104-306-9.
  2. ^ Nick Ray; Yu-Mei Balasingamchow; Iain Stewart (2009). Vietnam. Lonely Planet Publications. ISBN 1-74179-159-6.

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