The Sanctuary of Truth is a magnificent wooden temple, built according to ancient tradition and covered with sculpture, a gigantic work of art that you must see if you are in Pattaya.
Description of the Sanctuary of Truth
It is a 105-meter high wooden building with a surface area of nearly 4000 m2.
The building was built according to ancient and traditional Thai techniques; each cm2 is covered with wooden sculpture.
The project was initiated by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphant in 1981 and is expected to be completed in 2025.
Lek Viriyaphant, who died a few years ago, is also the creator of the Park Ancient City and the Erawan Museum.
It is a long-term construction like the White Temple of Chiang Rai.
The sanctuary of truth has four gopuras (entrance), representing images of Buddhist and Hindu religions and mythologies from Cambodia, China, India, and Thailand, respectively.
“The goals of decoration with woodcarvings are to use art and culture as a reflection of the ancestral vision of the Earth, Ancient Knowledge and Oriental Philosophy.
In this complex, visitors will understand ancient life, human responsibility, basic thinking, the life cycle, life relations with the universe and the common goal of life towards utopia.”
Photos of the Shrine of Truth
Video presentation of the Sanctuary of Truth
Superb video with a view from the sky:
Practical information on the Sanctuary of Truth
Opening and shows
The Shrine of Truth is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Between 11:30 and 15:30 there are traditional Thai dance and martial arts shows.
How to get there
The temple is located north of Pattaya; there is no public transport to get there, you have to take a motorcycle taxi or a taxi.
Adult: 450 baht
Children: 225 baht
Toddler (less than 1m 10): free
Address: 206/2 Moo 5, Soi Naklua 12, Naklua, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150
Tel: +66 (0) 3836-7229 til 30, +66 (0) 3836-7815
The situation on a google map
Source: renown-travel.com; Photos: sanctuaryoftruth.com