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Monkeys at Cao Dai spiritual site captivate visitors

By Dat Thanh

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HCMC – In the forests around the Tay Ninh Cao Dai Temple in the southern province of Tay Ninh, over 250 monkeys, primarily pig-tailed and long-tailed macaques, are an attractive sight for visitors to the temple.

These primates are classified as endangered species, falling under Group IIB, recognized for their significant genetic diversity conservation value by the Government’s Decree 06/2019/ND-CP, the local news site Baotayninh (baotayninh.vn) quoted Nguyen Thanh Vinh, head of the Mobile Forest Protection Team at the Tay Ninh Forest Protection Department, as saying.

According to Vinh, some of these monkeys were once domesticated by locals before being released into the forests. Their dependence on tourists for food due to a lack of natural survival instincts has made them an integral part of the site’s ecosystem.

Visitors to the Tay Ninh Cao Dai Temple now have the opportunity to observe the monkeys’ natural behaviors, from swinging through the trees to foraging for food. Their playful antics and interactions with visitors have become a highlight for tourists.

Tay Ninh Cao Dai Temple is one of the first and most important temples of Cao Dai in the country.

A group of visitors is seen outside the enclosure, watching the monkeys swinging through the trees
Monkeys receive food from visitors
A curious monkey inspects food given by a visitor and takes a bite
Tay Ninh Cao Dai Temple, 97.5 meters long and 22 meters wide, bears a resemblance to bell tower systems found in Catholic churches. At its center, it features a design with a statue of the Buddha seated atop its roof
A crowd gathers around the Tay Ninh Cao Dai Temple to take pictures
Monkeys are seen in the square in front of the Tay Ninh Cao Dai Temple

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