The Sanctuary of Truth is perhaps the most iconic structure in Pattaya. Intricately carved entirely from teak wood, the awe-inspiring 105-metre-tall hall. On the headland to the north of Wongamat Beach. It is a one-of-a-kind structure in the whole world. Neither temple nor palace, despite looking like a hybrid of both. It was commission from a local business tycoon to act as a place of appreciation. For philosophy, art, culture and faith, without being tied to a single religion.
The sanctuary is perhaps best describ as a monument to Thai craftsmanship. With its stunningly detail carvings of elephants, people and scenes, creatures and deities from mythology. They pay homage to and are a reflection of the Ancient Vision of Earth. Ancient Knowledge and Eastern Philosophy and they adorn every single surface. Both inside and out – of the building. They are also a reflection of the fleeting nature and ceaseless toil of human existence because none of the wood is treated or protected from the elements, meaning that older parts gradually succumb to the rigours of the weather and climate and need to be replaced.
So the construction of the sanctuary, which began in 1981, is an on-going, never-ending task. Admission and how to find The Sanctuary of Truth From North Pattaya Road, turn right into Naklua Road at the circle before you get to Pattaya Beach Road. Turn left into Naklua Soi 12, and travel right towards the end. Admission is 500 baht for adults and 250 baht for children. Tour guides are free, friendly and very knowledgeable.