The Sanctuary of Truth
The Sanctuary of Truth is one of the major tourist attractions in Pattaya. It is an astonishing wooden building right on the beach in North Pattaya. The whole building is completely made out of teak wood, and all the delicate carvings done here are all by hand. The building is more than 100 meters high. The building stands as a monument to Thai craftsmanship, with its beautiful carvings. The entire area covers about one acre on Rachvate Cape overlooking the sea in North Pattaya. The Sanctuary of Truth is also known as Prasat Satchatham or Prasat Sut Ja- Tum.
The architecture of Ayutthaya Period is used as the main style of the sanctuary, richly decorated with Hindu-Buddhist hand-carved wooden sculptures drawn from various artistic traditions, including Dravidian, Angkorean, Chinese, Mon Dvaravati, Srivijayan, and Thai. Lek Viriyaphan in 1981 initiated this project and is scheduled to be completed in 2050. The main philosophy behind the sanctuary is to show that all religions lead to only one Truth. The decoration on the building signifies the teaching to avoid evil intentions and promoting good deeds. The four gopuras represent images from the Buddhist and Hindu religions and mythologies of Cambodia, China, India, and Thailand.
The official website quotes its purpose is to use art and culture as “a reflection of the Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy. Within this complex, visitors will understand Ancient Life, Human Responsibility, Basic Thought, Cycle of Living, Life Relationship with Universe and Common Goal of Life toward Utopia.” When you visit the Sanctuary of Truth don’t forget to pay special attention to the detailing of each carving. This place provides a kind of inner peace, the carvings here will surely impress you. With its perfect location, the Sanctuary of Truth makes for a memorable place to visit.
The Sanctuary of Truth is located at Laem Ratchawet in Naklua, North Pattaya on Soi 12, Naklua Road. You can easily reach here by hiring a taxi. It opens daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also be a part of the Thai cultural dance and martial art performance here. The visit to the place will cost you 500 Baht for adults and 250 Baht for a child.