Exploring Pattaya - The Sanctuary of Truth

Exploring Pattaya - The Sanctuary of Truth

When you hear the name ‘Pattaya’, water sports, adventure rides and beaches come to our minds. But Pattaya is more than that. When visiting with kids, you really can’t venture around doing daring stuff. But fret not! There are many other things to do and places to see in Pattaya and the Sanctuary of Truth is one of them.

The Sanctuary of Truth is a colossal structure made entirely out of wood. It is filled with hand-carved wooden sculptures based on Hinduism Buddhism and Taoism. The sculptures are life-live and a wonderful sight to relish.

The moment you lay your eyes upon them, its jaw-dropping size and beauty strikes you. You literally stand there not believing your eyes. It stands majestically on the shores of Wongamat Beach of Pattaya.

 Pattaya - The Sanctuary of Truth

The project was initiated as an idea of Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphant in 1981 and is scheduled to be completed in 2050.

The sculptures are used to depict the Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy, through which you can Ancient Life, Human Responsibility, Basic Thought, Cycle of living, Life Relationship with Universe and Common Goal of Life toward Utopia. Well, that’s the idea behind it.

Let me allow the pictures to how you how breathtaking they are.


Exploring Pattaya - The Sanctuary of Truth

The Sanctuary of Truth

Exterior -The Sanctuary of Truth

Exterior -The Sanctuary of Truth

Inner Dome-The Sanctuary of Truth

Sculptures -The Sanctuary of Truth

Sculptures -The Sanctuary of Truth

Architecture -The Sanctuary of Truth

And this is my son, trying to woo the lady with a flower 🙂

Sculptures -The Sanctuary of Truth

This is my favorite sculpture. It is as if the figures are just rising from the wall and flying towards heaven.

Sculptures -The Sanctuary of Truth

Sculptures -The Sanctuary of Truth

Lord Ganesha -The Sanctuary of Truth

Architecture -The Sanctuary of Truth

And finally, the exit. I loved the design of the stairs. So whimsical and fairytale-like.

Architecture -The Sanctuary of Truth

The person in the photo is the creator of this place (well, the idea for this place) and that's his wife.

Creator -The Sanctuary of Truth

There are other activities like Elephant rides, boat rides, feeding the goats (yes, you heard me right) to do as well.

Elephant Ride -The Sanctuary of Truth

Entry Fee: 500 Baht for adults and kids under 120cm are allowed for free. 

No doubt, It's one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever visited and also an unforgettable and magical experience.

It's a spiritual and a really quiet place, so take advantage of it. You can lounge around the temple, enjoy the lake, forest and of course the beach. You can easily spend half a day here and completely enjoy it.

Thanks for reading! Do comment and let us know your thoughts about this place. 

  • http://indianbeautycaffe.blogspot.in/ Jennifer Bobby

    such a wonderful sanctuary and architecture... would love to visit it some day 🙂

    • http://shadesofaduskywoman.com/ Sudhaa Gopinath

      Do visit them, Jennifer.

  • http://www.beautetude.com/ Beautetude

    Great post very interesting

    • http://shadesofaduskywoman.com/ Sudhaa Gopinath

      Thanks, Simera.

  • Shampita TRL

    The pictures are amazing 🙂

    • http://shadesofaduskywoman.com/ Sudhaa Gopinath

      Thanks, Shampita.