Cao Dai is a Vietnamese religious movement started in the 1920s. It incorporates Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and even Catholicism. The temple itself was built sometime between 1933 and 1955, using influences from cathedrals in its architecture. You’ll notice that there are square towers and a long central pathway in the hall with side aisles. The building is extravagantly decorated compared to other temples in the city.
Travel tips for the Cao Dai Temple
Located in a district outside Ho Chi Minh City, it’ll take you nearly three hours to get there. Plan to make a whole day out of it and the surrounding area, given that the temple only takes thirty minutes at most to explore. We suggest checking out the Cu Chi Tunnels since it’s in the same direction. If you’re in a group, you’ll be better off exploring the area using a private cab to save time and be a bit more comfortable.
Location: Long Thanh Bac Commune, Hoa Thanh District, Tay Ninh 730000, Vietnam
Hours: 06:00 – 18:00, daily