Cao Dai Temple Phu Quoc
Cao Dai Temple In Phu Quoc
The Cao Dai (pronounced “Cow Die”) religion of South Vietnam appeared in 1919 and it all began here first on Phu Quoc Island.
Cao Dai Temple Video Tour:
The following video walks you through the temple, the main worshiping chamber, and finally to the rooftop where there is an amazing view of Duong Dong Town:
“Cao Dai” literally means high tower and attempts to integrate and reconcile the major world religions. The main tenet of Caodaism is that we may follow different religions but we all share the same god. In its cosmos it perceives Hinduism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity, and Islam are all human efforts to worship and communicate with the one Supreme Being and this is why you will see a lot of symbols such as a Buddhist swastika, a Christian cross, an Islam’s crescent moon and a Hindu’s Om symbol inside the temple.. The temple also counts Moses, Joan of Arc, Louis Pasteur, Vietnamese poet and prophet Trang Trinh, Sun Yat-Sen, Victor Hugo, and Jesus among its many saints. The religion is referred to as Cao Daism and a person who practice this religion is called a Cai Daist. The main symbol of this religion is the left eye of god:
Today there are over 2,000,000 followers of Cao Daism in Vietnam.
Two Cao Dai Temples On Phu Quoc
In Phu Quoc Island there are two Cao Dai Temples which are both located in Duong Dong Town. One is located on 30 Thang 4 Street at the edge of town:
Cao Đài Hội Thánh:
Phu Quoc Cao Dai Temple:
The other more popular temple is located on Nguyen Trai street in the heart of Duong Dong Town:
The Nguyen Trai Street Cao Dai Temple was built in 2008 and resembles the infamous Cao Dai temple found in Tay Ninh province near Ho Chi Minh City. It is a colorful temple with a lot of Technicolor relics. [/section]
Location of the Cao Dai Temple
The main Cao Dai temple is located on Nguyen Trai street. It is really hard to miss this temple as it stands out from its surroundings. Admission and parking are both free.
What to see
- The temple – The Cao Dai temple is quite unique and colorful. You will see a lot of different images of the world’s most popular religions as well as dragons and tigers.
- Ceremony – you can watch a simple worshiping ceremony at 6am and 12pm everyday.
What to do
- Pictures – While inside the Cao Dai temple, navigate your way to the very top. Here you will have incredible views of Duong Dong Town, the river, and the sea. It is a perfect spot to take pictures.
Need to know
- The origins of the Cao Dai movement can be traced to 1919, when Ngô Văn Chiêu was contacted by the deity Cao Dai during séances in Phu Quoc.
- The Cao Dai movement was officially inaugurated on November 18, 1926.
- Between the 1920s and 1930s, Cao Dai existed as an independent community in Tây Ninh, Vietnam, with schools, hospitals, and a government of its own.
- Between the 1940s and 1950s, the Cao Dai community at Tây Ninh acted as an independent state, complete with their own taxes, police, and armed forces.
- In 1997, Cao Dai was officially recognized as a religion in Vietnam.