The Sanctuary of Truth

5 Reasons to Visit The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, Thailand

Explore the world-famous Sanctuary of Truth on your Pattaya visit. This gigantic wood sculpture complex features astonishing carved details

One of the highlights of our stay at the Golden Tulips Pattaya Beach Resort was having the incredible Sanctuary of Truth located just a few kilometers away.  This world-famous attraction had been high on our must-see list, and its proximity to our hotel made it an easy journey.

The museum structure looks like a castle and a temple at the same time. And since this a guided tour, you will not get lost interpreting the intricate carvings and design on the walls which according to our guide were based on the seven truths of life.

The Sanctuary of Truth
The Sanctuary of Truth as viewed from the vantage point.

Here are 5 incredible things about The Sanctuary of Truth:

It’s made entirely of wood

Can you believe that this massive sculpture is constructed  from different type of wood such as takien wood.  No nails or any kind of metal were used to build it. Each intricate design and carving was handcrafted from wood. It’s an unbelievable feat of workmanship.

The Sanctuary of Truth
Its tall, ornately decorated exterior features intricate wood carvings depicting Hindu and Buddhist motifs and iconography carved by skilled artisans.

The incredible details

Every inch of the Sanctuary is covered in mind-blowing wooden carvings and patterns. Mythical creatures, Hindu gods, Buddha images – it has it all, intricately carved out of wood. You could stare at one section for hours admiring all the tiny details. Don’t worry.  The tour guide will explain the interpretation of each design and how they come together as one masterpiece.

It glorifies different beliefs

While it was initiated by Thai businessman and philantrophist, Kuhn Lek Vinyahbhun, the Sanctuary celebrates the philosophies and beliefs from Hindu, Buddhist, and even Chinese traditions. You’ll find statues and sculptures honoring gods and figures from many different faiths.

It’s a work in progress

Even though construction began way back in 1981, this labor of love is still an ongoing project with no definite completion date. More and more sections and sculptures are continuously being added and expanded upon.

The Sanctuary of Truth
The Sanctuary of Truth is a work in progress.

It overlooks the stunning view of ocean

One of the coolest things about this place is its beautiful seaside location right on the Gulf of Thailand. As you wander around the ornate wooden structures, you get sweeping views of the glittering ocean in the background.

What to wear in the Sanctuary of truth

The Sanctuary of Truth upholds a modest dress code, as is common for cultural and religious sites throughout Thailand.

To show proper respect, visitors must have their shoulders and knees fully covered when entering the premises. Revealing or tight-fitting clothing, shorts, miniskirts, sleeveless tops, and flip-flops are not allowed.  Sarongs and shawls are available for rent at the entrance.

Helpful Tips When Visiting the Sanctuary of Truth

Get there early

The Sanctuary of Truth opens at 8am and it’s best to arrive right when it opens. Not only will you avoid the biggest crowds, but the morning light makes for great photo opportunities as the sun hits the intricate wooden carvings.

Wear comfortable shoes

You’ll be doing a lot of walking around the large complex, climbing stairs, and standing to admire all the details up close. Wear shoes with good support so your feet don’t get sore halfway through exploring.

Bring sun protection

There isn’t much shade once inside the Sanctuary grounds, so be prepared with a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, especially if visiting in the hot afternoon hours.

Allow plenty of time

With all the mind-blowing wooden sculptures and structures to discover, you’ll want to budget at least 2-3 hours to see everything at a leisurely pace. The more time you give yourself, the more details you’ll be able to admire.

At the exit, there’s nearby café  that’s the perfect spot to relax. Treat yourself to one of their tasty, cool smoothies – so refreshing on a hot day. The café has tables where you can sit, rest your feet, and really let everything you just saw soak into your mind.

Take this chance to think over all the deep meanings and lessons found in the beautifully carved designs and structures at the Sanctuary.

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  1. karen says:

    omg this is stunninggggg…I’ve been to Pattaya but never made it to the sanctuary of truth. Stunning site…Next time for sure.

  2. Alexa Brooks says:

    That looks like a fun day of exploring! What are the 7 truths

    1. Hi Alexa. The 7 truths are centered on our life and our society. – Who are we? Where are we from? How do we live our lives? And what is a life goal?

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