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The capital of the same-named province, Tay Ninh is situated 95km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City and is the original home of the Cao Dai religion which has around 3 million adherents in Southern Vietnam. Tay Ninh is home to the Cao Dai Great Temple, built between 1933 and 1955, which sits a few kilometres outside of the town.

A rather garish meld of styles and influences, the temple is dominated by the divine eye which is the religion's representation of God - for those who are curious, it's a left eye. The temple is done out in hues of pink and baby blues, with a brilliant interior bedecked with eight grandiose pillars wrapped with writhing dragons, and a clouded pastel blue sky that wouldn't be out of place in a Vegas casino - you really have to see the place to believe it! The faith has built temples all over the region, especially in the Mekong Delta, but this is the biggest, brightest and the best. I went on a tour with the Sinh Cafe whose offices are in the Pham Ngu Lao backpackers area of Ho Chi Minh City and it cost me 136,000 VND (about $8) which also included a trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels in the afternoon. The tour visits the temple in order to witness the mid-day mass.

  • Last visit to Tay Ninh: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated May 3, 2010
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    Dec 30, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    My son and I took that same tour from the Sinh Café in 1995. For me it was especially interesting to see Tay Ninh because thirty years earlier as an American soldier I had been quartered in a house belonging to an elderly Cao Dai couple. They had that same poster of the Three Saints in their living room, and I was pleased to see that it was still there when we returned thirty years later.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2010 at 3:31 AM

    Very nice page mate. I was in Vietnam a few years ago myself and will be heading back again this coming winter.


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