The Sanctuary of Truth

The Sanctuary of Truth featuring a temple or place of worship

The Sanctuary of Truth

Witness an architectural masterpiece in the making which combines the religious symbols of South East Asia with centuries old craftsmanship.

From the four tall sculpture-covered spires representing the religions of Thailand, India, China and Cambodia, to the intricate carvings inside each of the building’s four wings, every angle of the Sanctuary of Truth presents you with a new and breathtaking view. Not a single panel of the structure is left untouched, and every wall, ceiling and alcove is decorated with intricately carved figures of gods, animals and other religious symbols.

Also known as Wang Boran or Prasat Mai, the Sanctuary of Truth was the dream of a wealthy Thai businessman, Lek Viryaphant. His vision was to create a space which embodied the ancient spiritual knowledge of Asia, combining the symbolism of many different religions in the pursuit of one, unifying human truth. While much of the symbolism might be lost on the average visitor, it remains a spectacular sight, made even more so when you consider that the entire hand-carved structure is made solely from teak without a single nail.

The complex affords you a rare opportunity to see a monument as it is being built. Construction began in 1981, but is not due to be completed until 2025. Around the 32 acre (13 hectare) grounds you will encounter craftsmen hard at work, carving sculptures in the ancient Thai style. More than 250 artisans are employed daily to ensure the structure is completed on time.

To examine the workmanship up close you are required to join one of the tours which commence half hourly throughout the day. Follow your guide through the four main halls containing sculptures dedicated to the origins of the earth, our physical environment, parental love, and the importance of sacrifice. In the center hall, stand before an ornately carved shrine and a towering Buddha bathed in golden, etherial light.

Magnificent views over the ocean add to the splendor of the building, and the twice-daily Thai dance shows offer some diversion should you tire of marveling at the sculptures.

A visit to the Sanctuary of Truth can easily fill 3 hours. It is located north of Pattaya Beach on Naklua St. There is a charge for entry to the complex, and respectful dress is required, visitors with bare legs and shoulders will be politely turned away.

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