Cao Dai Temple

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Timings : 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

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Cao Dai Temple, Da Nang Overview

Accommodating about 50,000 followers at a time, the Cao Dai temple of Da Nang is the largest Cao Dai temple in Central Vietnam. Constructed between 1933 and 1955, this temple renders a unique styled-architecture based on the blended religion frame of reference.

The Da Nang Cao Dai temple is one of the 1,000 Cao Dai temples located in the country. The signboard at the entry translates into very peculiar teaching of this religion - that all religions have the same reason and seek tolerance in the world.

Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad and Confucius are worshipped here. The design is similar to the Christian Cathedral with aisles and altars. Ceremonies take place daily with musicians singing in English and Vietnamese.

A syncretist movement that took place in Vietnam led to the foundation of the Cao Dai Temple. The Caodaism movement established a monotheistic religion which derives its values and practices from Taoism, Confucianism, Catholicism, and Buddhism.

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Caodaism Worshipping Rituals

It is widely held that the best part about visiting the Cao Dai Temple in Da Nang is witnessing the Caodaism worshipping rituals. The worshippers dress in long white flowing robes if they are laymen and in robes of yellow, blue or red if they are priests. The bishops also have the divine eye emblazoned on their headdress. The men are required to sit on the right while the women sit on the left. The noon prayers are considered to be the most auspicious.

Tips for Entering the Temple

  • Dress conservatively to avoid being stared at or judged. Make sure you cover your arms and legs.
  • The women enter from the left and men from the right.
  • Remove your shoes before you enter.
  • Wait respectfully til the prayers are over in order to explore the temple.

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