Even though there is a myriad of religions practiced in Vietnam, the government recognises only around eight of them, including the Vietnamese folk religion, Buddhism, Roman Catholicism, Caodaism, Protestantism, Hoahaoism, and some other religions.
Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism are what constitutes the “Tam Giao,” or the “three religions” in Vietnam. These three teachings were blended with the indigenous Vietnamese practices to form a syncretic religion that is followed by a greater extent of the country.
By the end of the second century, Vietnam was a major centre of Mahayana Buddhism. After the 18th century, Theravada Buddhism was established in the South of Vietnam. Many celebrations take place to commemorate Lord Buddha’s birthday, which you can observe while staying at one of the Saigon apartments in Ho Chi Minh City the likes of Citadines Regency Saigon.
Introduced in the 16th century by Portuguese missionaries, Roman Catholicism is by far the largest Christian church in Vietnam. Protestantism was introduced to the country in 1911 by a Canadian missionary called Robert A. Jaffray.
A monotheistic religion that believes in only one god, the Cao Dai religion has originated in Southern Vietnam around 1926. A significant number of followers have accumulated around this religion, where customary practices include the worship of ancestors, prayer, and even vegetarianism!