Sanctuary of Truth is not really a temple for praying, it is a building to preserve the ancient art of wood carving techniques. The themes are based on eastern religions but anyone can appreciate the intricate details and amount of time and effort gone into creating it.
Sanctuary of Truth is Located just outside Pattaya and is an entirely wooden structure (no metal nails). The ornate temple-like complex was conceived by Lek Viriyaphant, a Thai millionaire who spent his fortune on this and other heritage projects (such as Ancient City near Bangkok) that revived and preserved ancient building techniques and architecture in danger of extinction. In this case, the building will continue to support hand-hewn woodworking skills because it has been under construction for 30 years and still isn’t finished!
Jutting out from the beach, every centimetre of the 20-storey-tall building is covered with wood carvings of Hindu and Buddhist gods and goddesses – an artistic consolidation of centuries of religious myths under one unifying roof for greater spiritual enlightenment.
You should not be paying any more than 100 baht for a journey from the city centre. Alternatively, you can book with any number of the tour companies in Pattaya, just negotiate your price and make sure they provide transport both ways.
Entering The Sanctuary Of Truth
Upon entering the Sanctuary of Truth, there is a tour office, which offers different day packages including; horse riding, ATV tours and boat packages. If you plan on spending the whole day at the Sanctuary you should really consider one of these options to get the most out of this wonderful attraction.
Walking Around The Temple
Most visitors will be fine with the standard ticket and simply walk down to the temple at their own pace. Older visitors may find walking to the temple a little troublesome due to the number of steps along the way. Depending on your circumstances you may want to arrange with the taxi to take you all the way down to the temple instead of walking.
The Sanctuary of Truth really is the pinnacle of Pattaya’s tourist attractions. If you’ve never visited the site this is a must see. LOVEPATTAYA recommend you get over there ASAP!