Pattaya really is a diverse holiday destination with more interesting things to see and do than you can believe. From water parks, beaches, national parks, to zoos, temples, aquariums and theme parks, Pattaya has it all. One of the scenes most synonymous with Pattaya is the beautiful Sanctuary of Truth Temple, located near Naklua, which is bound to make a breathtaking first impression.
Pattaya’s Sanctuary of Truth is one of the area’s most intriguing tourist attractions. Although it is a temple in form, it is very much different from the normal wats that visitors can find around Thailand’s cities and towns; indeed, the Sanctuary of Truth is unlike just about anything else found in this world.
The building is carved from wood and features the art and design techniques of a variety of cultures. Of course, there are large amounts of Thai-style work, but visitors will also notice strong influences of Khmer architecture (like that seen in Angkor Wat for example, or several older temples in Thailand) and Chinese architecture. Depictions of Hindu pieces like those found in India can also be seen throughout the complex.
Visitors will immediately notice that the Sanctuary of Truth is not yet finished; much like Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona, a project this massive and ambitious necessarily takes many years to complete, or centuries in Gaudi’s case! Although the project began in 1981, it is not estimated to be completed until 2025 at the earliest. However, even this date may be delayed as the tropical environment takes a toll on the wooden structures, requiring parts that are already finished to be replaced even before the other parts have been built. This frustrating cycle makes construction quite slow and difficult, but progress is nonetheless being made. But if you look back in history, all the world’s greatest structures that will still be here in centuries to come take time, skill and emotion to create.
The temple itself is right on the water, and the grounds alone are beautiful. Of course, the temple is simply awe-inspiring, and will truly give guests a memorable experience. Visitors can also take a tour to see the artisans at work and understand better how this incredible place has been built. Those who buy tickets online will find adult tickets for 500 baht and children for 200 baht, while walk-ups will pay a slight premium.
Make sure you take along your camera as some of the views are amazing, although if you wait until sunset time, you will encounter breathtaking silhouettes of the temple against the backdrop of the coastline, which are some of the most recognizable photos you see of Pattaya. Whether you are a culture vulture or just want to see something that is unique, a trip over to the Sanctuary of Truth, located in Naklua which is just north of Pattaya close to Wongamat Beach, is pretty much essential viewing.
Sanctuary of Truth
Address: 206/2 Moo 5, Soi Naklua 12 , Naklua, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150
Phone: +66 (0) 3836-7229, +66 (0) 3836-7815, +66 (0) 3836-7845