Remote 15, Nguyen Hue, Tay Ninh, Vietnam Published on: 13-04-2016
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Why Cao Dai Temple is special ?
What to explore at Cao Dai Temple?
You will see firsthand the Cao Dai Holy See - a unique architectural complex with the harmonious combination between art Asian and Western style. You can learn more about the Cao Dai religion, a religion of its own and attend local prayer at 12:00.
Set above the front portico of the Great Temple is the divine eye . Lay women enter the Great Temple through a door at the base of the tower on the left. Once inside they walk around the outside of the colonnaded hall in a clockwise direction. Men enter on the right and walk around the hall in an anticlockwise direction. Hats must be removed upon entering the building. The area in the centre of the sanctuary is reserved for Cao Dai priests.
How to get to Cao Dai Temple?
By mortobike:Tay Ninh take about 99km from Ho Chi Minh City, if the ride mortobike takes about 2 hours and a half to three hours to move (depending on traffic conditions).
From Ho Chi Minh City driving under the highway 22A to fork Trang Bang, according to 782 Highway, then turn right, go left until 50km Tay Ninh town.
From Ho Chi Minh City driving under the highway 22A to Trang Bang, then turn left (QL22A). Go Dau junction town (right market Dau, turn left go Moc Bai border), then turn right along Highway 22B run about 60km left until the roundabout Tay Ninh town center.
By Bus: From Ho Chi Minh City visitors take the bus number 703 (the Ben Thanh - Moc Bai and return) to Moc Bai. Cars bus stop at Moc Bai, where tourists continue to take the bus number 05 to go to Tay Ninh town. Cars will stop at Tay Ninh bus station.
Or From Ho Chi Minh bus station to catch the bus number 603 to Cu Chi - Tay Ninh station. Cars will stop at Tay Ninh bus station.
- Very colourful exhibition
- Fascinating new religion
- Intro to a Vietnam based religion
- An amazing religion
- Worth the long ride
15, Nguyen Hue, Tay Ninh, Vietnam
Tips for you
Cao Dai is a religion which draws from other religions to make one which makes more sense than the others just on their own - whilst I am an atheist our guides view on this religion certainly did give you plenty of food for thought. However we came just after one of their services (just after a lunch on our way from the Cu Chi Tunnels to the Black Virgin Mountain) - this is a good tip as the restaurant in the area are very quiet during religious events and shortly after those events finish these restaurants get very busy. The temple is also very busy during these times which means that there is really very little to see in the crowds, and to be honest I always feel uncomfortable coming and gawping at people going about their religious activities - whilst I do not share such religious views I do respect their views and ability to practice them in peace. As such we came to the temple after it had emptied allowing us to marvel at what for us was an amazingly beautiful building. It is very decorative with these carvings and artworks being very well done - It is certainly one of the most colourful temples I have seen.