Hang Mua

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Location: Khe Ha Village, Ninh Xuan Commune, Hoa Lu District
(20.229388, 105.933953)
Open: All year daily 7-18.
Fee: Adults VND 100.000.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave KarstStone Forest
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Hang Mua.
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Hang Mua (Cave of the Dance) became quite famous for both Vietnamese and international travelers after it appeared in the movie King Kong. This cave is located in the foot of Moa mountain, a peak with a long series of stone staircases with 500 steps leading to the top. The limestone rock is darkened by the rain and shows pinnacles and karren. The outlook from the karst tower is breathtaking. On the top of the mountain is an altar for Quan Am, the Goddess of Mercy. It has a huge statue of the goddess made of white marble.

King Tran arrived in Ninh Binh and built the Thai Vi Temple. During the construction Mua Cave was used for the dance performances of beautiful women. As a result the cave was named Cave of the Dance or Hang Mua in Vietnamese.

The Mua karst tower has a diameter of only 800 m. The actual cave inside is not very spectacular, there is not a single picture on the web of the cave, only of the outlook. Actually it would be better to call it Mua Outlook. Nevertheless, there are actually two caves and the pinnacles which makes this site well worth a listing. The second cave Dong Hoang Ho (Tiger Cave). Its a tiny cave with an altar and a huge, more than life-size tiger sculpture inside.