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Cao Dai Temple (Toa Thanh Tay Ninh) Tours

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Cao Dai Temple (Toa Thanh Tay Ninh)
Near Tay Ninh town, in Long Hoa village, this temple is considered the greatest of all Vietnam’s Cao Dai temples. Founded in 1926, the Cao Dai Temple (Tòa Thánh Tây Ninh) complex functions as a Holy See for the Cao Dai religion (Caodaism), Vietnam’s third most popular belief system after Buddhism and Catholicism. Visitors are welcome at prayer sessions in the Great Temple.
 
The Basics
Besides the Great Temple, the complex is home to offices, accommodations, and a traditional herbal medicine hospital, but most tours focus on the colorful Great Temple. Tay Ninh is roughly 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam, from where most day trips depart.
 
Tours are by far the easiest way to see the temple, and many day tours pair the Cao Dai Temple with the Cu Chi Tunnels, underground tunnels from the Vietnam War that are also northwest of Saigon. Tours typically visit to coincide with the noon prayers, which you can both witness and photograph.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Cao Dai temple is Cao Dai’s answer to the Vatican: Dress respectfully (no shorts or sleeveless T-shirts).
  • A Cao Dai temple tour is a must for anyone interested in culture and religion.
  • While you are allowed to photograph prayers from the upstairs balcony, ask permission before photographing worshippers.
 
How to Get There
Self-driving in Vietnam is risky, and Tay Ninh is around 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. By far, the easiest way to reach the Cao Dai temple is by joining a day tour, perhaps paired with a Cu Chi tunnels excursion, from Ho Chi Minh City. Many tours include door-to-door round-trip transfers from central hotels.
 
When to Get There
The Great Temple hosts four prayer sessions a day—suspended during Vietnamese New Year (Tet)—so time a visit to coincide with one of those. Most tours visit during noon prayers, so if traveling independently or on a private tour, aim for the 6am, 6pm, or midnight prayer meetings.
 
The Cao Dai Religion
Unique to Vietnam and founded in 1926, the Cao Dai religion is a fusion of various religions, including Christianity, Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. Cao Dai saints include Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Buddha, Julius Caesar, and Sun Yat-sen. The symbol of an eye in a triangle, which you’ll see at Cao Dai temples around Vietnam, represents God.
Address: Tay Ninh, Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam
Admission: Free
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Day Trip to Cao Dai Temple and Cu Chi Tunnels, Including Lunch

Day Trip to Cao Dai Temple and Cu Chi Tunnels, Including Lunch

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If you only have time for one day trip from Ho Chi Minh City, visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels is a must. This full-day tour combines a tour of the historic Vietnam War site with a unique spiritual experience at Cao Dai temple in Tay Ninh, plus a traditional Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$35.00
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Small-Group Mekong Delta Experience by Speedboat

Small-Group Mekong Delta Experience by Speedboat

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Travel by speedboat through the Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City to explore the sights and historical importance of this vast network of waterways. Watch the rhythms of daily life unfold along the riverbanks as you visit riverside markets and villages, artisan workshops, a Cao Dai Temple, a Buddhist pagoda and a family homestead. Includes a light breakfast, lunch prepared by a private chef, and samples of local fruits and other treats. This small-group tour has a maximum of 14 people, which ensures a customized experience with your guide.
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  • 8 hours
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$111.80
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1-Day Tour by Private Car: Black Virgin Mountain, Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi Tunnel

1-Day Tour by Private Car: Black Virgin Mountain, Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi Tunnel

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Discover the popular attractions in southern Vietnam’s Tay Ninh province on this all-day private tour. First, catch expansive views after climbing up Black Virgin Mountain and learn the religious significance of the Cao Dai temple. Then, explore the historic Cu Chi tunnels, an underground network used by resistance fighters. Plus, visit the Ba Den pagoda via cable car.
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  • 10 hours
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$125.00
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$125.00
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Full-Day Small-Group Tour of Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple

Full-Day Small-Group Tour of Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple

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Skip the dangers of Vietnamese traffic and relax as your driver eats up the miles on this door-to-door combo day tour. Traveling with a guide in a group no larger than 12, arrive at the Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh in good time to watch worshippers pray. After a 5-course restaurant lunch, head to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a wartime network that once extended over 155 miles (250 kilometers).
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$109.00
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Full-Day Cao Dai Temple and Black Lady Mountain from Ho Chi Minh

Full-Day Cao Dai Temple and Black Lady Mountain from Ho Chi Minh

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Depart Ho Chi Minh City for the mountainous region of Tay Ninh province, located near the Cambodian border. You’ll visit Nui Ba Den (translated as 'Black Lady Mountain') with a professional guide, and ascend via aerial cable car with 360-views at the summit. Learn firsthand about the unique the Cao Dai sect on a visit to the Cao Dai Holy Temple.
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  • 8 hours
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Cu Chi Tunnels - Cao Dai Temple Full Day Tours

Cu Chi Tunnels - Cao Dai Temple Full Day Tours

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The Great Holy Sight Temple, built in 1926, is considered one of the striking structures in South-East Asia. It is the center of Cao Dai’sm, a religion that blends Buddhism, Christianity and Confucianism. Explore this fascinating site and attend the colorful noon-day mass held by the Cao Dai followers. It is an experience not to be missed. After lunch, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels.
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  • 8 hours
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$41.03
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Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple Full Day Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple Full Day Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

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Combine two major attractions in one day on this private day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple. Head underground to the subterranean labyrinth used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War and hear about the region’s history from your informative personal guide. Then learn about traditional cultural practices on a visit to the Great Temple of the Cao Dai Holy See. Finally, savor a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 9 hours
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Cu Chi Tunnels - Cao Dai Temple and the Top of Black Virgin mountain

Cu Chi Tunnels - Cao Dai Temple and the Top of Black Virgin mountain

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Visit some of the most historically and culturally significant sites in Vietnam on this convenient day trip from Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll learn all about the history of the Vietnam War by visiting the incredible Cu Chi Tunnels, experience the beautiful nature of Black Virgin Mountain and its fun cable car, and discover the unique Cao Dai religion. This is an ideal tour for travelers short on time in Vietnam, who want to see and do many special things.
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  • 1 day
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$138.00
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Private Tour: Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple

Private Tour: Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple

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Visit some of Ho Chi Minh City's most intriguing sites on a full-day tour to the Cao Dai Temple and the Cu Chi tunnels. A private guide helps you discover the Cao Dai sect during a ceremony within the temple; revitalize with a traditional Vietnamese lunch; and explore underground tunnels used during the Vietnam War. Round-trip transport in an air-conditioned vehicle from your Ho Chi Minh hotel is included.
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  • 8 hours
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$57.00
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Tay Ninh Holy See and Cu Chi Tunnels

Tay Ninh Holy See and Cu Chi Tunnels

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If you only have time for one day trip from Ho Chi Minh City, visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels is a must. This full-day tour combines a tour of the historic WWII site with a visit to the Cao Dai temple in Tay Ninh, plus a traditional Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 8 hours
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$39.00
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Private Cao Dai Holy See Day Tour - Explore Truly Local Culture in Tay Ninh

Private Cao Dai Holy See Day Tour - Explore Truly Local Culture in Tay Ninh

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- PRIVATE: Benefit from the customized care and attention from your private guide. - LOCAL: A great way for cultural buffs to get deeper into unique oriental culture of Vietnam. - UNIQUE: Get special entrance to secret bunker at religious complex. - THE-REAL-VIETNAM: Off-the-path tour to less touristy places but still keep the must-visit.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

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Visit two of southern Vietnam’s most interesting historical and cultural sites on this day trip from Ho Chi Minh City to the Cu Chi Tunnels and the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh. Start with the tunnels, an underground network that played a key role in the Vietnam War. Then head to the temple for an experience in Caodaism, a religion that blends a bit of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Cu chi Tunnels and Cao dai Temple

Private Cu chi Tunnels and Cao dai Temple

The private tour to Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai is a great day trip from Ho Chi Minh. Visit Tay Ninh, home of the unique Cao Dai sect which is a mix of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. It's super worth visiting during prayer sessions at noon and admiring the colorful, mysterious and marvelous architecture. After lunch, we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an amazing underground system from which the Vietnamese fought during the American and Vietnam War. Infant (0-8): free of charge when she/he is accompanied by his/her parents or 2 adults, he/she will be uncharged for the service and shared meals & accommodation with the two adults.
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  • 8 hours
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Nice to Packages Vietnam and Cambodia 10days/9nights

Nice to Packages Vietnam and Cambodia 10days/9nights

Visit some of the most popular sites in Vietnam See Ho Chi Minh city’s top colonial-era landmarks Explore a network of tunnels used by Vietnamese Soldiers Experience the heart of the Mekong delta with its scenic floating markets. In this semi-aquatic world, you discover how life really is in around this majestic river. Embark on express boat and make our way up the Tonle Sap River and into the lake of the same name. The shallow Tonle Sap is the largest of Southeast Asia's lake. Discover the splendid Angkor Temples – the World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO
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  • 3 days
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Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi Tunnels Day Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi Tunnels Day Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

Combine a tour of the Cao Dai Great Temple (Holy See) with a guided visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. At a midday ceremony, you’ll learn about the Cao Dai sect, which blends Buddhism, Christianity, and Confucianism. After a restaurant lunch, discover the hidden labyrinth used by the Viet Cong. Depart bustling Ho Chi Minh City and make the most of your time on this day trip.
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  • 1 day
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Full Day - Cao Dai Temple and Cu Chi Tunnel Tour

Full Day - Cao Dai Temple and Cu Chi Tunnel Tour

Discover the religion of Caodaism in Tay Ninh and explore the famous Cu Chi tunnels in one day on this private tour. Visit the holy Cao Dai Temple, the world's centre for Caodaism. Watch a religious ceremony here before continuing to the historic Cu Chi tunnels. Highlights: • All-inclusive guided tour of Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi tunnels • Visit to sacred Cao Dai Temple, the centre of Caodaism • Chance to join a unique religious ceremony • Historical artifacts & relics from the Vietnam War • Exploration of Cu Chi tunnels, Viet Cong's operational base
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.11
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Chu Chi Tunnel With Cao Dai Temple Tour From Ho Chi Minh

Chu Chi Tunnel With Cao Dai Temple Tour From Ho Chi Minh

Discover the religion of Caodaism in Tay Ninh and explore the famous Cu Chi tunnels in one day on this private tour. Visit the holy Cao Dai Temple, the world's centre for Caodaism. Watch a religious ceremony here before continuing to the historic Cu Chi tunnels. Highlights: • All-inclusive guided tour of Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi tunnels • Visit to sacred Cao Dai Temple, the centre of Caodaism • Chance to join a unique religious ceremony • Historical artifacts & relics from the Vietnam War • Exploration of Cu Chi tunnels, Viet Cong's operational base
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$115.27
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Cao Dai Temple and Cu Chi Tunnel Tour - Private

Cao Dai Temple and Cu Chi Tunnel Tour - Private

Discover the religion of Caodaism in Tay Ninh and explore the famous Cu Chi tunnels in one day on this private tour. Visit the holy Cao Dai Temple, the world's centre for Caodaism. Watch a religious ceremony here before continuing to the historic Cu Chi tunnels. Highlights: • All-inclusive guided tour of Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi tunnels • Visit to sacred Cao Dai Temple, the centre of Caodaism • Chance to join a unique religious ceremony • Historical artifacts & relics from the Vietnam War • Exploration of Cu Chi tunnels, Viet Cong's operational base
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$115.27
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Private Cuchi Tunnels-Black Lady Mountain-Cao Dai Temple Full Day

Private Cuchi Tunnels-Black Lady Mountain-Cao Dai Temple Full Day

7:30AM Enjoy a two-hour drive northwest of Saigon, through the southern countryside to discover the popular attractions in Tay Ninh province on this all-day with private tour guide. Explore the historic Cu Chi tunnels, an underground network used by resistance fighters during Vietnam War. Stretching over 200km, this tunnel network -dug by hand- connected shelters, posts, hospitals and weapon bunkers…You can walk through the area and learn about the life of VC, face the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps. Then, catch expansive views after climbing up Black Lady Mountain and learn the local religious significance of the Cao Dai temple. Plus, visit the Ba Den Pagoda via cable car. + Hotel pickup and drop-off is included + The tour is ideal for those with limited time in Hochiminh city + Lunch is included + Private tour for your group
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.00
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5-Day Tour in Ho Chi Minh with Boat Trip and Accommodation

5-Day Tour in Ho Chi Minh with Boat Trip and Accommodation

Highlights : Visit Cu Chi Tunnel. Visit Cao Dai Temple. Street food tour by scooter ( on request ). Shopping at Ben Thanh or wholesale market. Dinner on Sai Gon Cruise, along Sai Gon river at night. Visit Mekong River Delta : My Tho, Ben Tre, 4 Island. Visit : Independence Palace, Notre Dame, Post Office, War Museum.
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Cu Chi - Cao Dai Temple full day tour

Cu Chi - Cao Dai Temple full day tour

A 2,5-hour drive will take you from bustling Ho Chi Minh City to the town of Tay Ninh where you will discover the Great Cao Dai Temple and assist to one of the four daily ceremonies. After lunch in a local restaurant, drive to the famous Cu Chi tunnels where you will spend the next couple of hours exploring the area and learning more about the history and the incredible tenacity and ingenuity of its inhabitants. The more adventurous will have the opportunity to crawl through the tunnels and to fire off some rounds from AK47 or M16 assault riffles at the shooting range before driving back to Ho Chi Minh City and arriving late afternoon
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Mekong Life Unscripted - Private Tour

Mekong Life Unscripted - Private Tour

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** All our tours are Exclusive Private Tours, so you will not be put together with other guests ** Journey with us to the slow-paced world of the Mekong Delta, where the skyscrapers of nearby Saigon are replaced with towering palms, and beautiful meandering canals just begging to be explored. This unique tour takes in a route less traveled as we speak with and learn from the region’s locals, visiting their homes, their places of worship, and the workshops where they make their living. At Drive Vietnam, we truly believe that it is the people that make a place. This is why our full-day tour of the Mekong Delta is designed to take a different direction to the typical tourist-route, favoring cultural insights and in-depth perspectives into the Mekong residents’ rural lives.
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  • 10 hours
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$156.93
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Private trip to local Cao Dai Community

Private trip to local Cao Dai Community

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- PRIVATE: Benefit from the customized care and attention from your private guide. - LOCAL: A great way for cultural buffs to get deeper into unique oriental culture of Vietnam. - UNIQUE: Get special entrance to secret bunker at religious complex. - THE-REAL-VIETNAM: Off-the-path tour to less touristy places but still keep the must-visit.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.03
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$81.03
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 Private tour to Cao Dai Temple - Cu Chi Tunnel

Private tour to Cao Dai Temple - Cu Chi Tunnel

A full day trip to Cao Dai temple and Cu Chi tunnels is an enjoyable memory. Get into an interesting itinerary Cao Dai temple, Cu Chi tunnels - known as a hideout for the Viet Cong. Watch statues of Jesus Christ, Buddha and the Hindu god, Brahma
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  • 8 hours
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$75.90
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