Cao Dai – Tay Nihn, Vietnam

Cao Dai Elder Lights Candles at Temple Altar

Cao Dai Elder Lights Candles at Temple Altar

What is Cao Dai? Well, it is a religion and it’s a new one on me. They have a big, gaudy temple, about 3 million followers, and it’s Christmas Eve. What the heck…I’m down. Let me in!

And they did. I was given the royal treatment, toured around the grounds and through the temple, and had all my questions answered (even if I only understood about one word in five).  I was also invited to attend their mass at midnight on Christmas Eve. Continue reading

Wat Suan Dok and CMU Art Museum

Wat Suan Dok

Wat Suan Dok

Today I visited yet another temple.  What can I say, they are relaxing and beautiful.  This temple is across the street from the main Chiang Mai University campus, so I thought it would be a nice stop after my trip to the art museum.  But, the weather was perfect, the lighting excellent, and the clouds magnificent, so I turned around and made this my first stop.

I later came for learn that Wat Suan Dok means Temple of the Flowers which only made everything better as later in the afternoon I visited an orchid market. Continue reading