Photographer's Note

Tay Ninh is in southwestern Vietnam, some 90km to Ho Chi Minh City (ex-Saigon). Expect some 2 hours drive from Saigon.

Tay Ninh, the holy city of the Caodaiists, harbors a colourful, Rococo-syled palace/temple. The Holy See was built between 1933 and 1955.


Cao Dai is the third biggest religion in Vietnam with three million followers, after Buddhism & Catholic Christianity. It is influenced by Christianity, Taoism and Islam. Five basic tenets of Caodaiists: “Don’t kill, don’t lie, don’t steal, don’t drink alcohol & be a monogamist”.

Monotheistic Cao Dai’s saints include prophets Jesus Christ & Mohammed, as well as, Victor Hugo and Louis Pasteur. Founded in 1926, Cao Dai’s activities were restricted by the communist regime following the reunification of Vietnam in 1975.

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