Cao Dai Temple

Cao Dai Temple (Toa Thanh or Divine Temple) is one of the important and admired contributions of Vietnam to the world has been the religion Caodaism.

Caodaism takes concepts from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, etc to make its own feature.

 

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Situated in Tay Ninh, Cao Dai temple is called Toa Thanh or Divine Temple, the biggest of all the churches Caodistas. It was built in 1927 and opened in 1955 after many years of construction due to delays caused by financial and political problems. Cao Dai Temple is a curious and unique architecture building, intricate combination of Asian and European architectures, where what most noteworthy of its exterior are its vivid colors and shapes of roofs.

Cao Dai Temple stretches over an area of 100 hectares. The whole complex is encompassed by a fence that protects the complex, with 12 gates. The largest door is normally closed and only open to make way for leaders and public personalities.

Cao Dai Temple's dimension is 140 meters long, 40 meters wide and 36 meters high. Runner which can be seen in the exterior is supported by 112 circular pillars. It contains 4 towers which are named differently as Tam Dai, Hiep Thien Dai, Cuu Trung Dai and Bat Quai Dai.

 

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Curious and unique architecture of the Cao Dai Temple reflects the precepts of this syncretic religion, for example the 2 Belfries are unique to Christianity. At the top of the main façade we find the statue of Maitreya Buddha in the Lotus position. Red shingles color and the pointy roofs are typical of Chinese architecture and Hinduism.

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