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The Cao Dai Great Temple is located in Hoa Thanh District, 5km southeast of Tay Ninh Town. Cao Dai Great Temple is the cathedral of the Cao Dai religion and is the main attraction in Tay Ninh. The temple built between 1933 and 1955. The Great Temple is 14m long and 4m wide.

It has 4 towers each with a different name: Tam Dai, Hiep Thien Dai, Cuu Trung Dai, and Bat Quai Dai. The interior of the temple consists of atay ninh colonnaded hall and a sanctuary. The 2 rows of columns are decorated with dragons and are coated in white, red, and blue paint. The domed ceiling is divided into 9 parts similar to a night sky full of stars and symbolizing heaven. Under the dome is a giant star-speckled blue globe on which is painted the Divine Eye, the official symbol of Caodaism. Cao Dai followers worship Jesus Christ, Confucius, Taoism, and Buddha.

What to do

Cao Dai Temple (Cao Dai Holy See): Established in 1926, is 4km east of Tay Ninh in the village of Long Hoa. Its doctrine is an east-west mix said to have been communicated through seances by famous spirits such as Shakespeare and Lenin. The Cao Dai symbol, an all-seeing eye, and the temple decor in general are colorfully garish. A visit to this sacred temple is usually combined with Cu Chi Tunnels exploration.

Black Lady Mountain is 15km northeast of Tay Ninh and was used as a staging area by both the Viet Minh and the VC as well as the scene of fierce fighting during the French and American Wars. If you like more exercise, a walk to the summit is very interesting. Otherwise, having fun with chair lifts that shuttle the pilgrims up and down the hill.

Travel Tips:

When visiting Cao Dai Temple, please dress modestly and respectfully and remove your shoes before entering. It is also important to ask for permission before taking photos at this complex. Also bring hat, sunglasses and easy walking shoes. Cao Dai Temple is not so far from Ho Chi Minh City.

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