Cao Dai Temple

Attraction Nội ô Tòa Thánh, tt. Hoà Thành Hoà Thành Tây Ninh, Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Must see
Kids
Free
Architecture
Temple & Monument
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Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh is not only a holy temple but also a spectacular architecture that is very attractive to tourists and local people as well.

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Why Cao Dai Temple is special ?

Cao Dai Temple of Tay Ninh, called Toa Thanh or Divine Temple, is the largest of all the churches Caodistas. Began in 1927 and opened in 1955 after many years of construction due to delays caused by financial and political problems. The Cao Dai Temple is a curious and unique architecture building, mixture of Asian and European architectures, where what most noteworthy of its exterior are its vivid colors and shapes of roofs. Today, the Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh is the headquarters of Cao Daism of Vietnam. This is not only a holy temple but also a spectacular construction that attracts tourists from many places around the country and the world.


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What to explore at Cao Dai Temple?

The Cao Dai temple spreads over an area of 5600 m2 with a length of 140m and a width of 40m. It consists of 4 towers which are named differently as Tam Dai, Hiep Thien Dai, Cuu Trung Dai and Bat Quai Dai. Even though both the interior and the exterior are decorated colorfully, a holy and sacred atmosphere still reigns all over the temple. Walking inside this great site, tourists can find a colonnaded hall and a huge sanctuary. Everywhere, the columns are decorated with dragon symbols and painted in white, red, pink and blue paint. The dome in the main hall is divided into 9 parts which symbolize heaven. This is actually the painting of a starry night. The dome is located above a huge blue globe, on which the Divine Eye, the official symbol of Cao Daism, is painted.

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How to get to Cao Dai Temple?

The religion Caodista is headquartered in Hoa Thanh district of Tay Ninh province, about 90 kilometers Northwest of Ho Chi Minh City and approximately 55 kilometers of the Cu Chi tunnels. The temple, visible from almost any part of the complex, is located about 150 meters from the main entrance from the road.

The only way to get to the Cao Dai Temple is by road. Although it is only 90 kilometres from center of Ho Chi Minh City, the traffic and the State of the roads, many of them in construction or improvement process, it makes will take 2 hours and a half to arrive until the Cao Dai Holy headquarters.

Also can go on regular bus line, specifically the bus 702 departs from station of buses from the Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh City to Tay Ninh. Bus fare is around 1€ per way. Another alternative is to go with the bus 13 to Cu Chi and from there take one of the many buses to Tay Ninh.

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Selling points

  • Intro to a Vietnam based religion
  • The most colorfull and decorated temple
  • A holy and sacred atmosphere
  • Very colourful exhibition
  • Intriguing mix of religions
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Estimated
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Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Tips for you

  • As floor tiles are heated by the Sun, usually gets a red carpet from the place where shoes are left up to the inside of the temple.
    Things to do
  • In the sacred area of Cao Dai are not allowed vendors, so it is advisable to bring water and sun protection.
    What to bring
  • The Cao Dai clergy have no objection to visitors photographing temple objects, but do not photograph people without their permission, which is seldom granted.
    Photography
  • It’s important that guests wear modest and respectful attire inside the temple, which means no shorts or sleeveless T-shirts.
    What to wear
  • Hats must be removed upon entering the building.
    Rule
  • Once in the interior of the temple, you cannot rewind, i.e. must traverse the entire interior of the Church to return to the starting point and get out of the building.
    Rule
  • 10 minutes before the start of the religious ceremony, access is prohibited inside the temple.
    Rule
  • When the Mass started, not allowed to walk around the temple (including outdoor gardens) Circular nor any kind of vehicle.
    Rule
  • Prayers are conducted four times daily in the Great Temple (suspended during Tet). It’s worth visiting during prayer sessions (the one at noon is most popular with tour groups from HCMC) but don’t disturb the worshippers.
    Timming
  • The Cao Dai Temple has 6 access doors. The main gate, called pure in heart is reserved for monks and worshippers access once begins the religious Office. On the sides there is a door for women (to the left) and a door for men (right margin).
    What to know

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ceremony at 12pm and 6pm, if u come on Vietnamese New Year Eve, you will see thousand Caodaism people pray together, totally awesome!

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Sorry, made a mistake: there's a ceremony DAILY at 12 o'clock!

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Every Sunday at 12.00h there is a ceremony that you can attend! Be there in time (at least half an hour earlier), otherwise you can't come in (except after 12 o'clock!)

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This temple of the Cao Dai religion is lovely and colourful. We were lucky to be there at a time of prayer. You can take off your shoes and go inside the temple. The religion (established in Vietnam in 1926) combines elements of many of the worlds religions including - Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Islam, Confucianism, Judaism and Hinduism. It is about 1 hour drive from HCMC, but worth the trip. If you want to be there for prayer time, these are - 6am, 12 noon, 6pm, 12 midnight. We made the 12 noon session of prayer, there were quite a few tourists at this time, but we were still able to see things easily. You can go upstairs and watch from the balcony where there is also a group of followers playing musical instruments.

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This temple is beautiful and thought provoking. The Cao Di religion combine the best of Buddhism,Christianity, and Islam. The Temple is colorful and inspiring, and the religious service, which we were fortunate to experience, was fascinating.

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The religion itself is really interesting. You should definitely read about it before hand. The building itself is colorful and the design repeats so it doesn't actually overwhelm the visitor. Unfortunately, we couldn't walk around the hall, but were able to walk around the back part and the viewing balcony for the service. It would be great if there were some signs up to explain a little bit about what happens there. The prayer session had me mesmerized and I didn't want to go!

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This temple of the Cao Dai religion is lovely and colourful. We were lucky to be there at a time of prayer. You can take off your shoes and go inside the temple. The religion (established in Vietnam in 1926) combines elements of many of the worlds religions including - Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Islam, Confucianism, Judaism and Hinduism. It is about 1 hour drive from HCMC, but worth the trip. If you want to be there for prayer time, these are - 6am, 12 noon, 6pm, 12 midnight. We made the 12 noon session of prayer, there were quite a few tourists at this time, but we were still able to see things easily. You can go upstairs and watch from the balcony where there is also a group of followers playing musical instruments.

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Every Sunday at 12.00h there is a ceremony that you can attend! Be there in time (at least half an hour earlier), otherwise you can't come in (except after 12 o'clock!)

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