Discover the Cao Dai Temple in Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc Island and learn more about this fascinating religion. This temple is much smaller than the larger one found in Tay Ninh, however there is a certain sense of calm here, the entrance is free, and the sea views from the towers is something visitors would not want to miss — just watch out for the low ceilings!
The Cao Dai (pronounced “Cow Die”) religion of South Vietnam appeared in 1919 and it is said that religion originated on Phu Quoc Island. Today there are over 2,000,000 followers of Cao Daism in Vietnam.
"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:
The origins of the Cao Dai movement can be traced to 1919, when Ngô Văn Chiêu was contacted by the deity Cao Dai during seances 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 1940's and 1950's, 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.
That on Phu Quoc Island there not one but two Cao Dai Temples? Both temples are located in Duong Dong Town. The less famous Cao Đài Hội Thánh is located on 30 Thang 4 Street at the edge of town and the other one, which is the more popular one, is located on Nguyen Trai street near the Phu Quoc Night Market and Dinh Cau Rock Temple.
The main Cao Dai Temple on Phú Quốc 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.
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Duong Dong is Phu Quoc's largest town and it is located along on the western coast of Phu Quoc island. Duong Dong is famous for its mighty river that bears the same name, temples, fish sauce factories, pepper farms, and of course the plentiful accommodation options available at all price points. Duong Dong is a busy urban place but there is electricity in the air. The town comes alive after the sun has set.
Nested in between Phu Quoc's two major towns (Duong Dong and An Thoi) lies Duong To, a vast central area that is home to the Bai Truong Tourist Complex, Phu Quoc's main tourist area. The Bai Truong Tourist Complex is often referred to as just "Long Beach", the literal translation of the Vietnamese words in English. Duong To is a hip modern commune with posh bars and restaurants, luxury beach resorts, and home to the Phu Quoc International Airport.