Day 7: Vietnam – Cao Dai Temple and Cu Chi Tunnel

Vietnam: The last leg of my Indochina tour.  A new city for another adventure. Stayed the night at the Golden Wind Hotel.  We are so lucky as we have the biggest room. Nice bathroom and nice terrace.

1st stop: Handicapped Handcrafts

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2nd stop: Cao Dai Temple. This was built between 1933 and 1955.  Cao Dai (a.k.a. Dao Cao Dai or Caodaism) is a syncretist Vietnamese religious movement with a strongly nationalist political character. The faith is named for its supreme being, known as Cao Dai (“High Tower”), a Taoist epithet for the supreme god. Cao Dai is seen as the same God honored in all major world religions, but the chosen term avoids gender, personality or other earthly attributes.

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Lunch before going to Cu Chi Tunnel. The Cu Chi tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spoots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped to counter the growing American military effort.

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Last adventure for the day is going to the Night Market at Ben Tanh. Well, I’m a millionaire in Vietnam with 2,0000,000 dong ($100).  Time to shop!!! Yey!!! 🙂

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