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Cao Dai Temple – Cu Chi Tunnels Day Trip


Cao Dai Temple – Cu Chi Tunnels Day Trip 1From: 625,101 VND equals 29 USD

The Cao Dai Temple was finished in 1955 when the Cao Dai Army was formed following the Japanese occupation of Indochina. Caodaists believe that all religions are ultimately the same and seek to promote tolerance throughout the world. The Lord Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad and Confucius, in addition to Joan of Arc and Julius Cesar are all honoured at this temple.

There are nine hierarchies of worship including a pope, cardinals and archbishop with festivals, rituals and prayer all practiced regularly. The temple is similar in design to a Christian Cathedral featuring side aisles and an altar, as well as a long central nave, all positioned as they would be in a Christian Church, there is even a high dome decorated with clouds and saints.

The main focal point is a Divine Eye symbolising God which has the Ying and Yang icon in its pupil. Ceremonies take place daily with two services accompanied by musicians and a choir singing in English to traditional Vietnamese music.

Worshippers at the Cao Dai Temple strive for world peace and harmony with beliefs steeped in a number of world religions. Followers must obey the five virtues of Confucianism – humanity, obligation, civility, knowledge and reliability and have belief in the Buddhist principles of rebirth and karma.

Watching Caodiasts pray is one of the major highlights when visiting the temple as they dress in long flowing robes of white for lay followers, yellow, blue or red for priests whilst bishops have the Divine Eye embroidered on their headpieces. During worship men are seated on the right and women on the left with all devotees seated in orderly rows. The building is a combination of Neo-Gothic, Baroque and Oriental design and is very ornately decorated including dragon wrapped pillars,

+ Duration: 1 Day

+ Destinations: Saigon

+ From: 625,101 VND equals 29 USD

Itinerary:

6:00 - 6:30 am: Pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh (Selected hotels only in 1st district) and depart for Tay Ninh by car/van.

9:30: You will visit the Great Holy Sight Temple, which is built in 1926, is considered one of the striking structures of South-East Asia. Cao Dai is well known as a religion with a hybrid of Buddhism, Christianity & Confucianism and above the entrance is the all-seeing holy eye – symbol of the sect. Visitors will attend the midday ceremony’s extravaganza to witness the daily mass held by the Cao Dai followers, which is a fantastic experience.

After lunch at the local restaurant, proceed to the Cu Chi to explore the amazing site where Viet Cong hid during the War. Upon arrival, our tour guide will give you a brief introduction of Cu Chi and its legendary history. A documentary film about the tunnels will let you know more about the tunnels histories and how fierce the war was in the area. Then go visit the tunnels system including the weapon factory, hospitals, kitchens and crawl under the tunnels.

After that, you can try the delicious manioc which was the main food for guerilla warriors in Cu Chi during the war. Or try to fire off an AK47 or MK16 or machine guns at the nearby shooting range. Leave Cu Chi Tunnel and back in Sai Gon.

Ends Cao Dai Temple – Cu Chi Tunnels day tour.

Notes:

- The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.

- Special request (diet or vegetarian …) should be sent before your departure date.

Tour Price:

- Seat in coach: 29 USD/ Per person

- Private tour:

Group

2pax

3-4pax

5-7pax

8-10pax

Price/ Per person

81 USD

65 USD

45 USD

35 USD

Inclusive services:

- Transferring as per program, pick up and drop off at hotel (Selected hotels only in 1st district)

- Lunch at local restaurant.

- All entrance fees.

- English speaking guide.

- Cool-towels and mineral water

Excluded:

- Drinks on lunch.

- Travel insurance

- Personal Expense

- What not mentioned clearly

- Tipping is at customer’s discretion.

- Departure time and meeting point: as requested.

Children policy:

- Free of charge for infant (below 5 year old), other expense pay by parents

- Children from 1m to under 1,2m are charged 50%

- Children over 1,2m (1,2 metre) are charged as adults

- Two adults bring 2 children, The 2nd child will be charged 100% adult ticket

- Children 50% have one private seat and 1 mineral water as adults

Notes:

- The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.

- Special request (diet or vegetarian, …) should be sent before your departure date. Food will be prepar by local Restaurant with local food.

- After boat trip on the river, the boat rower always expect the guests tip about 1$ or 2$

- Surcharge 5usd/pax if travel date fall on Lunar New Year (30 Dec, 1 - 3 Jan according to Lunar Calendar)

- Should bring: Hat, Umbrella, Rain-Coat, Good shoes for trekking, Light bags



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