The Sanctuary of Truth (Thai: ปราสาทสัจธรรม) is an unfinished museum in Pattaya, Thailand, which is a hybrid of temple and castle based on Ayutthaya period and Buddhist, Hindu beliefs. It was designed by the Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan in the Ayutthaya style. The building is notably constructed entirely out of wood, specifically Mai Deang, Mai Takien, Mai Panchaat, and Teak, and it contains only wood-carved idols and sculptures. Construction first began on the Sanctuary of Truth in 1981 and continues as of 2020, though visitors are permitted inside with hard hats. Located on 13 hectares of land, the temple houses an internal space of 2,115 m2, with the tallest spire reaching to 105 m.
The building has been under construction since 1981, and may not be finally completed until 2025 at the earliest. Though under construction, tourists are able to visit the sanctuary.
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Ramanathan Sabapathy | Mar 3, 2018
This beautiful all-wooden structure is made of detailed carvings Hindu Gods, mythical creatures and Buddhist motifs. Located on the coast this place has got a very scenic view overlooking the sea. It looks like work in progress. Reconstruction/repair was going on when I visited in Jan 2018. But was allowed to enter the the premise. You can also visit the workshop and see live wood carving. There is also a cafe/restaurant in the woods.
Shinly Fransisca | Jan 16, 2018
The architecture is very detailed. During my visit in November 2017, there was some place that can't be entered because the building maintenance. I think they really take care of their buildings. It has a very large area. Notes: use proper clothes. If you forget to wear proper clothes, there are crews that will let you to borrow their clothes with deposit of around 500-600 bath if I'm not mistaken, which you can take back after you finish the visit.
shravan shetty | Mar 2, 2018
When you are here , the architecture convinces you into believing that this temple is a few centuries old . When you read and dig deeper you realise that it's built so recently that it's unbelievable the way it outs you at peace when you decide to sit here in a meditative trance or just be there . Totally constructed of wood. You can also be king here adorned in the attire of the kings of a few centuries ago. For a small fee you can be dressed up like them.it was truly liberating and a epic experience
Paul Stutt | Feb 27, 2018
One of the most impressive and most beautiful constructions I have ever seen. Totally constructed of wood and hand carved with skill and passion. Do not miss this. Well worth the 500 BAHT entrance fee on its own. There are also elephant rides, areas to sit, food, drink, smoking areas, a zoo, etc etc. A lovely place.
Lou D | Jan 17, 2018
Absolutely beautiful! Pictures can't do it justice. The silence accompanied by the knocking of the workers gives you a nice sense of comfort. The smell of wood and the constant breeze makes this place feel like the center of all things. A real testament to the good nature in people. You owe it to yourself to see it at least once in your life.
Logan Leete | Apr 5, 2018
Shrine/ Castel and amusement complex. Worth a visit if your done with the beach area. I walked from near the pedestrian street and had no issues getting there other than watching the road for traffic. There were options to give up and take a taxi at 100 spots along the way. Has small zoo, petting area, Elephant, walk down to the shrine with a small creek and waterfall thing, restaurant, snacks cold drinks. Shrine itself had a wonderful view on par in terms of detail with a European Cathedral. Woodwork was amazing with the flying Statues and Buddhist iconography. 500 Baht entrance, have coverings for legs and shoulders. I wore shorts and no one cared.
Mukesh Kumar | Apr 2, 2018
Be lost in heaven! Must visit to this wonderful place. All made of wooden furniture and no nails. It is one of the oldest structure and not finished yet. It is inspired by Buddhism and Hindu Gods. you will love to take a snap in front of the gate of Sanctuary of Truth.
Robert A | Apr 3, 2018
It's a great place with great views. But I was kinda disappointed that's it's not as old as I expected. When you get inside grab a leaflet and you'll understand. Also they have elephant riding which is NOT OKAY, as elephants are not meant for riding and they are tortured.
David Pipes | Mar 17, 2018
What an amazing place. The wood work is unbelievable. It is hard to believe that someone's hands did such amazing work. Don't forget to ride the elephants and get a foot massage. This place is taken care of and it is definitely a once in a life time thing to do.
juls goodjob | Apr 30, 2018
A beautiful experience that Hindu & Buddhist will love this historical spectacular made of wood carvings Sanctuary. Entertainment , sight seeing panoramic view, souvenir, choice of snack bar , garden, you can ride elephant too and have a picture taking for couples with Thai fancy clothes. But you need to pay extra for these other activities. Due to hot weather for Asian like me who do not wanted to get dark skin you may wear something to your arms or bring your umbrella and wear a comfy sneaker & jeans to enjoy roaming around. Highly Recommended For Sightseeing!!
luntiang pentakulo | May 3, 2018
The building is gorgeous. The craftsmanship is unbelievable with all the details. There are also areas where you can actually see the ongoing construction. Dress code was less strict than what I was told. I was wearing shorts (although, only makes might be allowed this) and there were a bunch of people in sandals. There's also a small petting zoo and activities (elephant rides and such) but I didn't partake.
Aadil Fahim | Apr 25, 2018
You need at least one hour or more to see the whole place. It's a great place right next to the ocean. The whole place is made up of wood with beautiful engravings. There's an entry ticket of 500 baht.
Chetana Nath | May 28, 2018
Great park and crocodile park had tons of crocodiles. For bravehearts, can sit next to tiger and get photos taken. BTW not mandatory, it's very affordable rate as well. Try at your own risk though. But all in all great place, well spent 4 to 5 hours of a day. I would recommend this place. Little far from City but still worth it.
Pinakin Patel | Jul 2, 2018
One can't miss this. A must visit if one is interested in architecture and wood crafts. The entire place is wood. Even the floor one would walk. Each pillar has distinct design. Each section has distinct theme. Ensure you keep a 360 degree eye over the place.
usman mirza | Jul 2, 2018
It is a wooden building more than 100m tall. It was started as a project by some rich Thai businessman in the 80s and the project is still on going and the building is expected to finish in next 20 years. The building houses mostly wooden sculptures from Hindu culture. The ambiance is not that bad, one has to wear a protective helmet in side as the construction is underway. The site also offers boat rides in the sea and elephant rides around the building. It is a private property with a certain set of rules for visiting which includes a dress code, Short skirts and low tops are not allowed. It has a small tuck show in front of which live dance performances are also displayed twice a day. For the first time visit to Pattaya the place is fairly recommended. Nothing special for children. It is an attraction only from religious and artistic point of view. Car park is available and the cost for visiting the building is 500 Baht per head, other than Elephant / boat ride.
Michael Jeffcoat | Jun 21, 2018
The Sanctuary was a very pleasant experience. The structure itself is definitely a sight to see. The intricate wood work and care put into its design is at times awe inspiring. I only wish the area surrounding the Sanctuary were a bit more developed. Tourist should no doubt visit this historic site.
Kyle Newton | Jul 30, 2018
Really picturesque place, and loved the concept of the place. The whole place including the sanctuary was built for tourists so all the prices are a little inflated. It was under construction when we went (which we wasn't informed about until after paying the full price), this also meant you had to wear a construction helmet whilst walking around the place, and half of the entrances were closed to the public/you couldn't view half of it it because it was covered in scaffolding. If you're a woman be aware you'll need to cover your legs (common knowledge if you've ever visited similar places in Thailand), if not though they'll let you rent a Sari which you can get your money back if you return (or you can keep for 200 baht.) The 'show' was enjoyable and can't complain as it was free (with a suggested tip if you'd like). Wasn't keen on horses dragging around carts with people in 35 degree temperatures, they were clearly overworked and overheating. Same goes with the elephants who kept getting pick axes dug into their ears by the staff to ensure they didn't stampede any of the tourists. I'd recommend not contributing your money to anything animal related unless you know they're being treated well and not being ridden on.
Godo Luis | Aug 13, 2018
The temple was under construction... you can see scaffolding in one of the images. The workers were carving out the parts needed for the temple out of wood. I was still able to walk around a lot. The interior was stunning and well kept.
Clive Joseph | Aug 17, 2018
A Must visit in Pattaya. 10 minutes from central pattaya in a taxi. Plenty of options to choose from on ticket purchase including a relaxing foot massage prior to entering the sanctuary. The woodwork is exquisite in this marvel of a structure and is enormous in appeal and awe. It's is still a work in progress but majorly completed. Great for kids and arts students. Glad we visited..Tickets start from around 500 baht.
kory Mueller | Jul 22, 2018
Definitely worth seeing, amazing architecture and woodwork. Not alot of shade so bring water. It only takes about 20 minutes max to walk through. The tour guide might be worth it to explain all of the carvungs and truly appreciate the work. There is some food, drinks and ice cream to buy after because you are kind of in the middle of nowhere once you get out. Convenience store outside of the property if need be. Please don't support riding the animals it's super cruel and heartbreaking to see. They need to be sent to one of the several sanctuaries in Thailand.
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