Cao Dai Temple is located in Long Thanh Bac Commune, Hoa Thanh District, 4km southeast of Tay Ninh City, Tay Ninh province. This cathedral of the Cao Dai religion is considered as one of the biggest religious sanctuaries in the world. It is also the best thing to see in Tay Ninh Vietnam.
Cao Dai Temple is a religious complex built between 1936 and 1947. With the area of about 40km², Cao Dai Temple includes nearly 100 religious architectural works such as the Great Temple, Bao An Tu (Mother of Buddha Temple), the towers, and 12 three-door gates, of which, the biggest gate is Chanh Mon, 11 remain gates is numbered from 1 to 12 (except number 5).
The most interesting work in this Cao Dai temple is the Great Temple built according to the architectural requirements of the Caodaism religion. The construction is a harmonious fusion of Asian and European styles, with domes and embellishments exemplifying the spirit of the religion. The Great Temple has an actual size of 97.5m long and 22m wide with the shape of dragon horse kowtowing.
The two sides of the Great Temple are the bell tower (in the left) called Bach Ngoc Chung Dai and the drum tower (in the right) called Loi Am Co Dai. The both two towers are 27m high and have 6 floors. The windows of the Great Temple are decorated by lotus patterns surrounding the divine eye in the middle of equilateral triangle.
Bat Quai (Pa kua) Pavilion located at the end of the Great Temple has 8 dragon pillars arranged in the pa kua shape. In the middle, there is 3.3m-diametre Can Khon (Qian Kun) Ball with Divine Eye – symbol of Caodaism religion.
In the complex, visitors can also admire many unusual flowers in the garden of Ba Hue. The largest annual festival in the temple is Dieu Tri Kim Mau Festival (on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month) attracting thousands of participants. Cao Dai followers worship Jesus Christ, Confucius, Taoism, and Buddha.
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