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Cao Dai Temple, Tay Ninh

#22 of 166 in Historic Sites in Vietnam
Religious Site Tourist Spot
Observe the intriguing architecture and colorful devotees at Cao Dai Temple, the seat of a syncretist movement combining Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Catholicism. Built from 1933 to 1955 in an eclectic style, with intense colors reflecting its main philosophies, the temple honors Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, and Mohammad, as well as Julius Cesar and Joan of Arc. Watch daily singing performances in English set to traditional Vietnamese music, or admire dragon-wrapped columns and an ornate sphere under the watchful left eye of Cao Dai. This temple, blending neo-Gothic, Baroque, and various Eastern styles, lies 90 km (56 mi) from Ho Chi Minh City, close to the Cambodian border. To visit Cao Dai Temple on your holiday in Tay Ninh, and find out what else Tay Ninh has to offer, use our Tay Ninh itinerary planner.
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  • We joined one day trip to Cu Chi tunnel and this temple including in the tour. To me it is nothing special but a temple. There are a lot of similar temples in my country.  more »
  • Never really heard of this interesting religion before so find this place fascinating! Its very very colourful. The ceremony itself is completely mesmerising. I think to say they are not set up for to...  more »
  • From Ho Chi Minh City went on tours and the Cu Chi tunnels about 2 and a half hours, by car. Rather than grandeur of the Church say, loud brash, unique atmosphere, inside the mysterious galleries. You will come across in your prayers be done several times a day and also make a unique world of magic is.
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  • Cao Dai sure is an original place and caodaism is a fascinating religion. We visited the temple during the noon mass. A disciplined crowd of believers all praying in perfectly aligned ranks. And dozens of tourists rushing around taking pictures and videos while being told off by gate keepers. What a beautiful chaos! But unfortunately, this temple is not worth the (long) ride from Ho Chi Minh city.
  • This is the first time I've heard of Caodaism and seeing the temple was simply beautiful. This temple has a mixture of three major religions and the architecture as well as the art within are very unique. I definitely recommend seeing it and if possible with a local (that speaks your language) without the tour so you don't have to feel rushed as you explore this site.
  • One of the most majestic spiritual places I ever went . The monks in charge of secuirity were a bit rude but that was nothing compared to the beauty inside
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