Sunday, July 07, 2013

Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh, Vietnam

One of the amazing places Jem and I visited when we went to Vietnam was Cao Đài temple in Tay Ninh. We entered through gate # 4 after about almost 2 hours of travel from the center of Ho Chi Minh City.

Here are some videos we took both outside and inside the Cao Dai Temple:

What's interesting about this temple is that there is a mixture of different religions here like Daosim, Catholicism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Hinduism. In terms of architecture, the temple is designed with a mixture of various architectural styles and colors.

Cao Đài, also called Caodaism or Caodaiism, like what I mentioned earlier is a relatively monotheistic and modern syncretistic religion which was established in Tây Ninh city located in southern Vietnam sometime in 1926.

It believes in the existence of one God or oneness of God and that the practitioners, called Caodaiists, credit God as its founder. Those who adhere to Caodaism engage in various ethical practices like prayer, nonviolence, veneration of ancestors, and vegetarianism.

Here are a few more tidbits about the Cao Dai Temple:
  • Inside the temple, people are not allowed to talk.
  • The Cao Dai debutees only wear white.
  • The debutees and practitioners are mostly vegetarians.
  • At the facade of the temple, you will see the Divine Eye, a symbolism of the Cao Dai religion

During our tour, we witnessed how Caodaiists perform their meditation and prayer. There were also those who played various interesting musical instruments. All in all, it was an amazing experience as it opened my mind to a whole new world of spirituality.

Read here the rest of our Saigon / Vietnam / Ho Chi Minh adventures.


melandria romero said...

such a great opportunity, i love travelling and if given a chance, i dream of travelling to vietnam too.

thisisLOVELEE said...

Should I have known about this before our trip earlier this year, we could have passed by here. Sayang! But there is always the future naman. Maybe a next trip..Helpful post. Thanks! =)

zwitsy said...

wow! the place is so nice!

Franc Ramon said...

It's enriching to know the customs in the Cao Dai Temple and also appreciate the learnings it offers.

Debarpan said...

the customs in the Cao Dai Temple is something different,nice to know about it,hope someday I could visit that place.

Jo said...

Wish I canvisit Vietnam too, nice photo of the temple. :)

Pepper Tan said...

My spirituality is definitely something I should take the time to explore. I'm so trapped by needless worry, that I know my soul needs a major overhaul. I'd love to visit that temple someday.


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