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14 Oct

Visiting the religious Cao Dai Temple

If you want to dispel tetchiness and annoyance of daily stress of urban life, let us recommend you Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh Province for your ideal option. Escaping from the bustle, heat and dust of the outside world, the temple provides a sense of calm, peace and light.

Built from 1933 to 1947 and stretched over 100 hectares, Cao Dai Temple is regarded as an exquisite architecture of the Vietnam-originated Cao Dai religion, or Caodaism. Getting inside into the temple, you can easily realize a combination of old and modern designs and the harmony of Asian aand Western fine arts with sophisticated patterns on pillars and the dome.

According to statistics, the Cao Dai Temple is 100 meters long and 40 meters wide and is featured by Western Catholic architecture with two high towers. The temple, protected by a solid barrier system and a green park, comprises of many different big and small architectural works.
Inside Cao Dai Temple in Tay NInhThe pilgrims entering Cao Dai Temple worship for not only Cao Dai religion but also Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity and Islam. Its ceiling is divided into nine areas and is striking with the image of immense sky studded with stars and clouds.

Another impression is the Divine Eye encased in a triangle. This is a recurring motif on both walls and ceilings. The sacred inner nave is
 guarded by gaudy pink pillars intertwined with snarling green dragons complete with elongated red tongues.

Best time to visit to witness the pilgrims celebrating the mass is at 12:00pm. Males must enter on the right while females on the left and shoes have to be removed before one enters the massive main hall.