VietNamNet Bridge – Those who want to dispel tetchiness and annoyance of daily stress of urban life, Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh Province is a good recommendation.
As an exquisite architecture of the Vietnam-originated Cao Dai religion, or Caodaism, the temple is a combination of old and modern designs and the harmony of Asian aand Western fine arts with sophisticated patterns on pillars and the dome. Located in Long Thanh Bac Commune, Hoa Thanh District, about five kilometers from downtown Tay Ninh Township, the temple was built from 1933 to 1947 on an area of about 100 hectares.
The temple is 100 meters long and 40 meters wide and is highlighted by Western Catholic architecture with two high towers. It is protected by a solid barrier system and a green park and comprises of many different big and small architectural works.
The place is where pilgrims worship not only Cao Dai religion but also Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity and Islam. Its ceiling is divided into nine areas and is striking with the image of immense sky studded with stars and clouds.
Another impression is the Divine Eye encased in a triangle. This is a recurring motif on both walls and ceilings. The sacred inner nave is guarded by gaudy pink pillars intertwined with snarling green dragons complete with elongated red tongues.
Tourists can come to the temple at 12 p.m. to witness the pilgrims celebrating the mass. Males must enter on the right and females on the left and shoes have to be removed before visitors enter the massive main hall. From the bustle, heat and dust of the outside world, the temple provides a sense of calm, peace and light.
The symbol of Caodaism is the Divine Eye.
Cao Dai Temple is seen from outside
Pilgrims celebrate their rituals in Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh Province