Cao Dai Great Temple
60 miles away from Ho Chi Minh City you'll reach Tay Nihn City, where locates the famous Cao Dai Great Temple (translated as Holy See Temple), built in 1926 and has a rich blend of Caodaism (a religion founded in 1926 teaching the major world religions), Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Catholicism.
The temple combines architectural elements of an oriental pagoda and a western church in a colorful rococo-style. Before entering, leave your shoes outside. Both the exterior and interior of the temple are decorated extravagantly while the most important symbol is the Divine Eye, the religion's representation of God. It’s a left eye for God is Yang (the opposite of Yin) and Yang represents the left side.
Four ceremonies are held every day at 6am, 12pm, 6pm and 12am. Visitors can get there by noon to attend the visually beautiful ritual with local followers. Ordinary clergy in white and the higher priests in color, the sea of worshipers dressing in flowing robes and assemble in orderly rows, the scene is quite breath-taking. Remain as quiet as possible as the solemn ritual proceed, you’ll hear the mix of prayer hymns and traditional Vietnamese music. You can also ascend the balcony to have a different view of the memorable sight.
Not far away it's easy to get to the Cu Chi Tunnel, an amazing underground network. Back to Ho Chi Minh City there're many more to see: Notre Dame Cathedral, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Thien Hau Pagoda, History Museum, Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Ben Thanh Market.
Indochina Odyssey Tours' 7-Day Classic Vietnam with Mekong will take you to this wonderful site!