Sanctuary of Truth: The masterpiece of Pattaya, Thailand

Articles Aug 05, 2020 12:51

Thailand is famous for magnificent golden temples, so the unique appearance of the Sanctuary of Truth made entirely of wood in Pattaya has attracted many people.

The Sanctuary of Truth is located at 206/2 Moo 5 Soi Naklua 12, on the north coast of Pattaya, in Naklua Bay, Banglamung District, Chonburi Province, and about 10km from downtown Pattaya.

The construction of the sanctuary was started on August 13, 1981, based on the ideas and sponsorship of Thai tycoon Lek Viriyaphan - the owner of Chonburi motor vehicle company and Viriya insurance company.

Sanctuary of Truth: The masterpiece of Pattaya, Thailand

Although it was built nearly 40 years ago, the Sanctuary of Truth has not been completed, or maybe will never be completed because it has to be repaired day by day to combat the destruction of time and the severity of weather.

With such dedication and effort, the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya is not only an ancient architectural work of art, but also a testament to the relentless creativity of modern Thai people.

Unique architecture of the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya

Sanctuary of Truth: The masterpiece of Pattaya, Thailand

Located in the middle of a vast land, surrounded by only a vast sea, the wooden castle in Pattaya with a height of 105m and a total internal area of 2115m2 isn’t overshadowed but becomes an impressive spot that visitors cannot ignore.

Overall, the Sanctuary of Truth is designed in Thai style, but if you pay close attention to every detail, you will see it is a combination of many different cultural and religious traits, including: Thailand, Cambodia, India and China.

Sanctuary of Truth: The masterpiece of Pattaya, Thailand

There is an image of the mythical goddess Shiva in India, another simulates the monumental architecture of Angkor culture from Cambodia, another depicts the Chinese god, and another shows the Champa nations from the past... All are extremely sophisticated.

Entering the temple, you will see many carved reliefs reflecting the worldview and the human life of the East, making visitors more fascinated.

Sanctuary of Truth: The masterpiece of Pattaya, Thailand

The first hall depicts the creation of the universe and the world with images of the Earth, Water, Wind, Fire, and the gods who govern these Hindu elements, Shiva, Vishnu...

Coming to the second hall of the Sanctuary of Truth, you will discover the symbols representing "creation" such as the sun, moon and stars.

The third hall has works on "people", men, women, families and the cycle of human reincarnation.

Sanctuary of Truth: The masterpiece of Pattaya, Thailand

The fourth and fifth hall (central hall) are focused on showing love, sharing, sympathy and sacrifice.

Although the sculpture patterns belong to different cultures, their meanings are the same, they all want people to have a better life. And this is also the message that the founder of the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya wants to convey.

The wood used to build the temple is all rare and precious, such as ironwood, nacre, rosewood... imported from Laos and Cambodia. It took more than 250 craftsmen working day and night to create such an impressive work of art.

Exciting experiences at the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya

Sanctuary of Truth: The masterpiece of Pattaya, Thailand

The Sanctuary of Truth can teach you many valuable lessons about life and love. It can also give you and your family peaceful and relaxing moments together.

In addition, the entire area of 12.8 hectares also includes orchid gardens, forests, crocodile farms and elephant farms so visitors can participate in many special activities, such: riding an elephant, riding a horse...

Sanctuary of Truth: The masterpiece of Pattaya, Thailand

Especially, if you are lucky enough to come here at the right time, you will have the opportunity to enjoy art programs and special cultural performances such as dancing, singing and fighting...

Watch: Inside Thailand’s Sanctuary of Truth

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