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Sculptures at the Sanctuary of Truth
Written by Shriniketh on May 4, 2020 Share on

Sanctuary Of Truth In Pattaya

The Sanctuary of Truth, located in Pattaya, is a major religious structure, which is one of the most visited places in Thailand. It is, in fact, the most iconic structure in Pattaya. This is a gigantic all-wood structure located at the relaxing Rachvate cape of Naklua and is considered a must-visit in every Thailand tour.

This stunning structure features contemporary architecture, created in the reign of King Rama IX, which was commissioned by a local businessman named Lek Viriyaphant. What makes this structure beautiful is the fact that this is intricately carved entirely from teak wood, and what makes this 105-meter tall hall unique is that it is is a mixture of a temple and a palace. This hybrid structure of the palace and temple was built to philosophy, art, culture, and faith, without being tied to any particular religion. Its interiors are decorated by both Hindu and Buddhist motifs.

The world-famous Thai craftsmanship comes into play here, considering how well the carvings are detailed, right from the carvings of elephants, people, and creatures and deities from mythology. This holy structure is a reflection of the fleeting nature and tireless toil of human life, which is symbolized from the wood which isn’t protected or covered, implying it falls prey to the rigor of passing time.

The architecture of the sanctuary is based on the Ayutthaya period and it houses sculptures from a number of cultures. There are four gopuras in the sanctuary, which represent images from a multitude of cultures and countries and houses studies and philosophy representing Asian culture and its influences and origins.

The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya
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How to reach?

The Sanctuary of Truth is located near to the world-famous Pattaya Beach, and hence the accessibility to the temple is quite easy. From the North Pattaya road, take a right into Naklua Road at the circle. From there, take a left into the Niklaus Soi 12, and towards the end of the road, you will find the sanctuary. The admission fee is 500 baht for adults, and 250 baht for children. Although the pricing seems a little bit higher, be assured the experience you’d get inside the premise is unmatchable. You can find a lot of tour guides inside the premise who are very knowledgable and will be able to enrich your experience. The Sanctuary of Truth is open between 8 am – 5 pm on all days of the week.

Experiences inside the Sanctuary of Truth

The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya is the world’s largest structure carved out of wood. This sanctuary is thought-provoking, considering the fact that it offers tribute to the 7 creators that man needs to exist, Heaven, Earth, Father, Mother, Moon, Sun, and Stars.

There are several shows and plays that happen inside the sanctuary. You can find Thai local plays, martial arts, Thai dances, sword fighting, Thai boxing, etc,

The sanctuary is an extremely attractive and picturesque place and you’d find a lot of places that are worth clicking a photo. You can also drop by the restaurant on the premise, where you can treat yourself to scrumptious food (International/Thai/Halal) with an amazing greenery ambiance and stunning backdrop views.

There are several activities that you can take up in the sanctuary. You have the ATV, which is located near the entrance of the castle, with which you’d be able to ride around the peripheral region. Elephant riding and Horse riding is another enticing way of exploring around the castles and the view and experience is unmatchable. You also have the option to explore the natural scenery through a 100-year-old ancient boat, meanwhile, you also have speedboat options with which you can capture the scenery of nearby resorts and beaches of Naklua.

Inside the sanctuary, you also have a souvenir shop from where you can buy souvenirs that will leave you with memories that you can carry back from your amazing Thailand tour.

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The sanctuary is well and truly a calming paradise in the hustle and bustle of Thailand. The culture, art, and heritage one would find here will ensure you leave with your hearts brimming with satisfaction and peace. What makes this nobler is the fact that this temple isn’t tied to any single religion, and it welcomes anyone and everyone who wants to visit this place. It is been in construction since 1981 and is expected to be completed with a preliminary completion date set to 2050. Without any faith, this temple is a wonder to behold. Anyone visiting this place will get a strong sense of hushed reverence within, which occurs naturally. No trip to Thailand will be complete without a visit to the Sanctuary of Truth, and that is why it is very important to plan your trip with the guidance of travel experts, who’d be able to provide the best value for your Thailand tour. Pack your bags and take up the journey to seek eternal peace!

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