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Cao Dai Temple, Tay Ninh

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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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  • This is a bit of a ride north of Saigon. We included it on a trip that included Nui Ba Din and a side-trip. It is a big place and very beautiful. There was a ceremony going on when we were there. It w...  more »
  • This is a very beautiful and colorful temple, not as usual temples here in Asia. This is a melting pot of three religions. Come just before 12 o'clock and watch the ceremony which is precisely at 12 o...  more »
  • Tây Ninh is the "Rome of the Holy", a religion founded in 1921 by a Vietnamese illuminated (colonial official) and that mixes Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Catholicism. His "saints", include Victor Hugo, Shakespeare, Joan of Arc and even Churchill... The temple of Tây Ninh is somehow its "Basilica St-Pierre". Although very kitsch, the yellow, blue and red building is very beautiful. The mass that took place 4-6 times per day are magnificent. A real curiosity! Made into a day trip with the Co Chi (350 000 VND) vietcong tunnels.
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