The Sanctuary of Truth is an awe inspiring structure situated on the headland of Wongmat Beach just outside Pattaya. This amazing building was commissioned by a local businessman who wanted to give the community a place of appreciation for philosophy, art, culture and faith, without it being tied to a single religion.
The building which has been built and maintained entirely by hand is made of teak and stands some 105m high. The wood the building is made from is not treated or protected against the elements though which means that the maintenance of building is a never-ending and on-going task.
The building was originally commissioned in 1981 and has been a symbol of peace and faith ever since. Although unconnected to any specific religion the intricate carvings that make up this magnificent, one of a kind, structure have undoubtedly been heavily influenced by ancient Buddhism, Hindu, Brahman, Khumer and other spiritual and philosophical influences.
The structure stands as a tribute to the seven creators man cannot exist without, namely, heaven, earth, father, mother, moon, sun and stars. Walking around the Sanctuary of Truth creates a strong feeling of peace, respect and fascination.
Bizarrely, when you step out of the building into the grounds surrounding the Sanctuary of Truth you will find some rather contridictory services available, for example, elephant and horse rides, and a small selection of souvenir stalls. There is even a shooting range in the grounds where they hold regular, demonstrations of sword-fighting!
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 of the Soi.
Admission is 500 baht for adults and 225 baht for children. You can buy tickets on arrival or via their website using the link below. During your visit you will also get a mandatory tour guide to show you around - they are free, friendly and very knowledgeable.
In terms of dress code and what to wear, while the Sanctuary of Truth isn't a Thai temple in the traditional sense, it is a religious structure so both men and women need dress conservatively and have their shoulders and legs covered - a T-shirt and jeans or a long skirt is fine. Any form of see-through clothing, bare midriffs or bare shoulders isn't. Also, your feet should be covered so it's best to wear closed footwear and socks.
For more in depth information, it's best to visit The Sanctuary of Truth website
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