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22/07/2011 | | 0 Comment |

Ho Chi Minh

Cadoist Temple

What a huge city, after Cambodia and the Mekong Delta, we were a bit lost when arriving in a city of 8 million people with sky scrapers.

We did our traditional walking tour downtown in district 1 which is called Saigon even by locals (we love to visit places like that, you go slowly, stop whenever you want to and go in the direction you want to,…). Then we visited the war remnants museum which showed the horrors that people lived during the war against the United States. This museum is really impressive and shocking, we could see pictures of victims of bombs and chemical weapons (called orange agent), definitively not for sensitive souls…

Second day, we went for a day tour outside the city. The first sight we visited was the main Cadoist temple of the world which is called The Tây Ninh Holy See. This religion was established in 1926 and is a mixed between several religions such as catholic, Buddhism, Islamism,… We can easily see this mixture by admiring the architecture of the temple. Adherents engage in ethical practices such as veneration of ancestors (such as Victor Hugo for example), CRAZYYY!! We had the chance to see one of the four daily prayers, their singing gave a very particular atmosphere in this colorful temple!

Then we went to visit the touristy Cu Chi Tunnels. Used by the Vietcong to escape the enemy during the war, they built a 240km wide tunnel network going down to 15 meters deep, using bamboo sticks to have fresh air in the tunnels. We went  inside one tunnel especially made for tourists, so it was twice as big as the original ones, but still very small for us! We found this place a bit too made up for tourists, they even had a shooting range attraction where you can shoot with a Kalashnikov or other weapons, maybe they wanted to make the experience more real…??? But very impressive to understand the importance of the tunnel system, which gave the Vietcong victory vs. USA JI’s.



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