Cao Dai Temple, Tay Ninh

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. Put Cao Dai Temple on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Tay Ninh trip planner .
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  • October 5, 2017
    Colorful temple with a mix of European and Asian architectural styles. Try a ceremony. Services are 3 x per day. 06:00, 12:00, 18:00 hour Visit Temple in combination with visit Cu Chi Tunnels.
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  • October 1, 2017
    Beautiful place for a new religion. There are influences from Christianism, Islamism, Buddhism and Hinduism.  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    Very pretty outside - ornate decorations. Well worth a drive out and spend maybe 30-40 minutes wandering around. The gardens are very pretty.  more »
  • February 25, 2017
    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.
  • January 29, 2017
    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.
  • December 18, 2016
    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
  • May 7, 2017
    Historic site.
  • June 3, 2017

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