"Cao Dai - A Fusion of Religions" Out of Saigon - Cao Dai Temple Tip by Blatherwick

  Cao Dai Holy See
by Blatherwick

The Cao Dai Holy See was founded in 1926. I took the tourist cafe tour in which you arrive there for the noon mass. It is an interesting and colourful place that is worth seeing. Most tours combine this trip with a visit to the Cu Chi tunnels.

Caodaism is an attempt to create the ideal religeon by mixing and matching all other religions. So you have pieces of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam all thrown together. The whole religion is based on a man named Ngo Minh Chieu who received messages revealed during seances. Most baffling is the reverence for people such as Victor Hugo in a religious context.

The religion does stress love for one another and the belief that God resides within each of us. There are now around 2 million followers of this faith.

Address: Tay Ninh
Directions: Tours from Pham Ngu Lao are $4

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  • Updated Oct 3, 2004
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