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Cao Dai Temple, Tay Ninh

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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3.3/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web
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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  • Unique and almost fantasy-like temple with elaborate decoration. A truly unique experiencing watching the ceremony. However, can be cramped and difficult to get a view with many tour groups going at o...  read more »
  • We stopped here on the way to the Cu Chi tunnels with a tour from Saigon. Well worth it as I enjoy seeing temples and churches. Very different from anything I've seen so far. Very interesting to see a...  read more »
  • The discovery of this temple from the banks of the Mekong River is absolutely amazing. Flamboyant colors, both inside and outside me were left speechless! I could never imagine find of such colours on the walls of temples, especially indoors, blue, yellow and red, mixed with some kind of mosaics, make this building one together that made me think, excuse me, to tanks of Carnival (and forgive the comparison, but I'm nice, and the Carnival, I know!) But however, I found this very nice looking and eventually you get used to this riot of colors. That morning, it was very early, there was no ceremony or faithful, only we as tourists. ;
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