Despite centuries of French occupation, decades of civil war and an officially atheist Communist government in power since the 1970s, Buddhism has endured in Vietnam and remains the country’s majority religion.

Buddhism is probably the most popular religion in Vietnam and is mainly of the Mahayana tradition. The exact date of the introduction of Buddhism to Viet-Nam varies, but it is most likely about the year 189 of Christian era.

Roman Catholicism was first brought to Vietnam by Portuguese Catholic missionaries in the sixteenth century and further bolstered its presence during French colonial period. While the earliest missions did not gain very impressive results, the later missionaries by Jesuits in 1916 notched up notable success in the establishing Christian centers within the local population. >>Let’s […]

The Mahayana tradition of Buddhism is the most dominant religion in Vietnam, and over two-thirds of Vietnamese regard themselves as Buddhist. This religion was probably introduced into Vietnam during a period of Chinese occupation by a monk called Mau Tu in the second century AD. Between 1010 and 1214, the Ly dynasty made Buddhism a […]

The first Jews to visit Vietnam likely arrived following the French colonization of the country, in the latter half of the 19th century. There are a handful of references to Jewish settlement in Saigon sprinkled through the pages of the Jewish Chronicle in the 1860s and 1870s. >>Buddhism in Vietnam >>Confucianism Judaism As late as […]

Cao Đài is a relatively new, syncretist, monotheistic religion, officially established in the city of Tây Ninh, southern Vietnam, in 1926. >>Mother’s Worship of Vietnamese People >>Taoism in Vietnam Cao Dai The term Cao Đài literally means “highest tower”, or figuratively, the highest place where God reigns. Cao Đài’s first disciples, Ngô Văn Chiêu, Cao […]

Surrounded by Royal Palm trees, the dissonant 1960s architecture of this government building and the eerie mood that accompanies a walk through its deserted halls make it an intriguing spectacle. The first Communist tanks to arrive in Saigon rumbled here on 30 April 1975 and it’s as if time has stood still since then. The […]

Built between the 7th and 12th centuries, these four Cham Towers are still actively used for worship by Cham, Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists. Originally the complex had seven or eight towers, but only four towers remain, of which the 28m-high North Tower (Thap Chinh), which dates from AD 817, with its terraced pyramidal roof, vaulted […]

Christmas is one of the four most important festivals of the Vietnamese year, including the birthday of Budha, the New Year and the Mid-autumn Festival. Although the Christians observed the religious rituals of Christmas. >> More information about religions in Vietnam >> Chua Cau in Hoi An (Japanese Bridge) Traditional Vietnamese religions are Buddhism and the […]

Japanese bridge long have a reputation for their pure beauty of being graceful curves and the inspiration from Zen spirit. It’s no doubt that the most famous bridge of this kind in Vietnam is the one in Hoi An – the historic riverside town in the Central Part. >> More information about Religitions >> Let’s enjoy […]