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.
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.
And this is my son, trying to woo the lady with a flower 🙂
This is my favorite sculpture. It is as if the figures are just rising from the wall and flying towards heaven.
And finally, the exit. I loved the design of the stairs. So whimsical and fairytale-like.
The person in the photo is the creator of this place (well, the idea for this place) and that's his wife.
There are other activities like Elephant rides, boat rides, feeding the goats (yes, you heard me right) to do as well.
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.
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