The Cao Dai Temple was finished in 1955 when the Cao Dai Army was formed following the Japanese occupation of Indochina. Caodaists believe that all religions are ultimately the same and seek to promote tolerance throughout the world. The Lord Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad and Confucius, in addition to Joan of Arc and Julius Cesar are all honoured at this temple.
There are nine hierarchies of worship including a pope, cardinals and archbishop with festivals, rituals and prayer all practiced regularly. The temple is similar in design to a Christian Cathedral featuring side aisles and an altar, as well as a long central nave, all positioned as they would be in a Christian Church, there is even a high dome decorated with clouds and saints.
The main focal point is a Divine Eye symbolising God which has the Ying and Yang icon in its pupil. Ceremonies take place daily with two services accompanied by musicians and a choir singing in English to traditional Vietnamese music.
Watching Caodiasts pray is one of the major highlights when visiting the temple as they dress in long flowing robes of white for lay followers, yellow, blue or red for priests whilst bishops have the Divine Eye embroidered on their headpieces. During worship men are seated on the right and women on the left with all devotees seated in orderly rows. The building is a combination of Neo-Gothic, Baroque and Oriental design and is very ornately decorated including dragon wrapped pillars,
Tour code: LVDY3 – VNDT – MKD07 – Cu Chi + Tay Ninh temples
Price: 32 USD/Adult and 24 USD/Children from 5 to 10 yrs
Seat in coach: 29 USD/ Per person
6:00 – 6:30 am: Pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh (Selected hotels only in 1st district) and depart for Tay Ninh by car/van.
9:30: You will visit the Great Holy Sight Temple, which is built in 1926, is considered one of the striking structures of South-East Asia. Cao Dai is well known as a religion with a hybrid of Buddhism, Christianity & Confucianism and above the entrance is the all-seeing holy eye – symbol of the sect. Visitors will attend the midday ceremony’s extravaganza to witness the daily mass held by the Cao Dai followers, which is a fantastic experience.
After lunch at the local restaurant, proceed to the Cu Chi to explore the amazing site where Viet Cong hid during the War. Upon arrival, our tour guide will give you a brief introduction of Cu Chi and its legendary history. A documentary film about the tunnels will let you know more about the tunnels histories and how fierce the war was in the area. Then go visit the tunnels system including the weapon factory, hospitals, kitchens and crawl under the tunnels.
After that, you can try the delicious manioc which was the main food for guerilla warriors in Cu Chi during the war. Or try to fire off an AK47 or MK16 or machine guns at the nearby shooting range. Leave Cu Chi Tunnel and back in Sai Gon.
Ends Cao Dai Temple – Cu Chi Tunnels day tour.
The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.
Special request (diet or vegetarian …) should be sent before your departure date.