Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Ba Den Mount, Cao Dai Cathedral and Dau Tieng Reservoir are among the most famous tourist attractions in the southern province of Tay Ninh.
Cao Dai Cathedral
Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
The Tay Ninh or Cao Dai Cathedral is around 5km southeastern from Tay Ninh town. This is a complex of religious works and also the Holy Land of Caodaism.
Caodaism (Dai Dao Tam Ky Pho Do or Third Great Universal Religious Amnesty) is a syncretic religion that had its beginnings in Vietnam, then part of French Indo-China, in the 1920s. Its founder, Ngo Minh Chieu (or Ngo Van Chieu), was a French civil servant and was also a mystic who was well-versed in western and eastern religions. In 1919 he began receiving revelations about the truth of religions from God (Caodai) that told him to combine the teachings of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam and other religions into one religion to promote peace. In 1926 he revealed his séances to the public as a new belief system. It soon became quite popular.
There are a number of important figures in the Cao Dai pantheon. The major saints are Chinese revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen, the 19th century French writer Victor Hugo and the 16th century Vietnamese poet Nguyen Binh Khiem. Lesser dignitaries who have manifested themselves in séances include notables such as Joan of Arc, Descartes, V. I. Lenin, William Shakespeare, and Winston Churchill. The organizational structure roughly follows that of the Roman Catholic Church with a pope, cardinals, bishops and priests. There are several million practitioners in (mostly southern) Vietnam and perhaps over a thousand temples, mostly in the Mekong Delta.
The Cao Dai Cathedral or the Great Temple – Holy See, is the center of the sect. It was constructed between 1933 and 1955.
The Great Temple is 140m long and 40m wide. It has 4 towers each with a different name: Tam Dai, Hiep Thien Dai, Cuu Trung Dai, and Bat Quai Dai. The interior of the temple consists of a colonnaded hall and a sanctuary. The 2 rows of columns are decorated with dragons and are coated in white, red, and blue paint. The domed ceiling is divided into 9 parts similar to a night sky full of stars and symbolizing heaven. Under the dome is a giant star-speckled blue globe on which is painted the Divine Eye, the official symbol of Caodaism.
Some pictures of the cathedral from Asian Historical Architecture:
Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Entry sign into the compound of the Cao Dai Great Temple.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
View of the temple.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Front entry to the temple.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
View of right side of temple.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Window with ‘divine eye’ (in a cosmic field), the official symbol of the religion.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Steps near right rear tower.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Lion-like animal along stair.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
View from rear of temple.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
View of ‘left’ side of building, showing multi-tiered roof, central and front towers.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
A few of the outbuildings.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Close-up of entry sign: women enter on the left, men on the right under the two towers.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Sign depicting the ‘Three Saints’ of Caodaism, Sun Yat-sen, Victor Hugo and Nguyen Binh Khiem.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
A painting at the entry depicting the ‘Third Alliance Between God and Man’ with Sun Yat-sen to the left, Victor Hugo and the Vietnamese poet Nguyen Binh Khiem.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
View of the inside of the temple showing the various levels reflecting the nine steps to heaven.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Dragon pillars.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
View toward rear of temple.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
View toward rear with male pulpit to left of slide and female pulpit to right.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Three divines at rear of temple standing on lotus flowers with a seven headed serpents: Their Holinesses (from left) Thuong Pham, Ho Phap and Thuong Sanh.
Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
View toward front and Inner Sanctuary.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Symbols on ceiling representing the many instruments of communication that have connected earth and heaven across the millennia.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Pediment fronting blue curtain that defines Inner Sanctuary. With representations of the Divine Agents, including Sakyamuni Buddha, Lao Tzu, Confucius and Jesus Christ.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Inner Sanctuary with its twelve steps. On a large octagonal base rests the all-seeing and all-knowing Divine Eye, the symbol of Cao Dai or Supreme Spirit.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Altar in Inner Sanctuary.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Three of the eight dragon pillars enclosing the Inner Sanctuary.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Detail of one of the dragon pillars in front of symbolic red curtain which, with the blue and yellow curtains divides the Inner Sanctuary from the rest of the temple.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Part of funerary procession entering the temple.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Part of funerary procession.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Part of service.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Procession leaving the temple.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Procession leaving the temple.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Preparation for noontime service.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Noontime service.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Worshippers during service.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Priests in colorful robes: the red robes symbolize Confucianism, the blue robes

Taoism and the yellow robes Buddhism, or they symbolize three branches of Cao Daiism.

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Horse and rider on the grounds.
Dau Tieng Reservoir
Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Dau Tieng Reservoir is located on the way to Cao Dai Cathedral and Ba Den Mountain, 20km from Tay Ninh town.
Dau Tieng reservoir is the largest hydraulic system in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. It was built in 1980 and operated in 1984, with its storage of 1.58 billion m3 and water surface area of 27,000 ha.
Dau Tieng Reservoir’s beautiful landscape of mountains, its mysterious islets, and its fresh and pure atmosphere shall give visitors an agreeable feeling. Visitors shall also appreciate the food specialties of the locality.
Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Ba Den Mountain
Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Ba Den Mountain is located 11km northeast of Tay Ninh town. It is a famous complex of cultural, historical and beautiful sites covering an area of more than 24km2.
The complex includes three mountains: Heo, Phung and Ba Den, of which the 986m-high Ba Den is the highest peak in the south.
Ba Den Mountain is also called Black Lady Mountain. According to legends, beautiful Ly Thi Thien Huong, Black Lady, was forced to marry the son of a rich mandarin while she fell in love with a poor man who was fighting the aggressors. Rather than marrying a man she did not love, she threw herself from the mountain. Several shrines and pagodas were built in the mountain as well as in the caves. Ba and Hang Pagodas attract many pilgrims during the New Lunar Year and Vu Lan Festivals.
There are three ways to reach Ba Temple. If you go on foot, it takes you over one hour to arrive at the destination. Cable cars take you 20 minutes to cover a distance of 1200m. The sliding system includes two lines going upward and downward, 1190m and 1700m in length respectively.
Ba Den Mountain was where the headquarters of the liberation force of South Vietnam were located. During war time, many tough battles were fought in that area.
Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh
Ma Thien Lanh
Located at Tay Ninh town less than 30 minutes drive, is covered by Big mountain (also called Lady mountain), Phung mountain and Heo mountain, Ma Thien Lanh appear as a group of toponymic place created by the Tiger cave, gold spring, stone cellar …
Start from the foot of the mountain, sitting on car you can enjoy the wonderful scenery as Da Lat because there are hillside and valley on 2 sides. Stop the car at the end of the path, visitor skirting crooked stone steps beside the poetic golden spring to step up to the Tiger cave.
However, there are many legends about the birth of this cave but whatever, this place also acknowledged the respect of local people for a mysterious belief. From above look down, tourist can easily identify the secular Bodhi tree rising up on big flat stones. From the highest peak of the highest mountain in the plain, we can spread the eye-shot observing throughout surrounding areas, with the fields look like a chessboard from above with Dau Tieng Lake as a sparkling mirror.
When passing the erect ramps, old bamboo forest, a cool steam from small cave will make us feel extremely refresh, up to the top, wavering dew looked virtual and romantic as Sapa.
In the afternoon, if anyone is still attached to the wild and tranquility of this place, please do not leave quickly and spend the night in the row of luxury guest-houses are raised in Ma Thien Lanh.
That is interesting if you catch mountain snails in person, angle mountain lizard to show your cooking skill.
Go back the path to the foot of the mountain, a modern and stature shooting area will be opened to help us to entertain with hunting. Arch road will also help visitor easily pass the other side of mountain mouth; continue the journey conquering from the eastern foot of the mountain to the top Lady shrine and group of pagodas and temples.
Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

Unique tourist sites in Tay Ninh

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