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Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, Thailand

Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya: Things You Should Know Before You Go

Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya is one of the unseen places in Thailand. This place is truly a work of art because wooden architecture is a sight to behold. Imagine seeing every square inch of wood carved into defined shapes. These shapes are not just your ordinary sculpture because they are representing deities and spiritual motifs.

Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, Thailand
Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, Thailand

We were totally surprised of what Pattaya had to offer us. The Sanctuary of Truth which is located by the beach in close proximity to Pattaya city proper is on top of our must-visit places. Below are some of the amazing ‘truths’ behind the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya you should know before you go.


One| It is the largest wood building in Thailand. 

The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya is an all-wood building that is filled with sculptures made based on the traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs. The building is 105 meters in height, and the whole building covers an area of more than two rai (1 rai = 1,600 sq. m.).

Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, Thailand
Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, Thailand

Two | It adopts the ancient Thai carpenter style.

The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya is built by Mr. Lek Viriyaphan who is the founder of the ancient city and Erawan elephant museum. Inside the sanctuary, you can find wood statues and wood carving pieces telling about the philosophy of life. The inspiration of the structure is the coming up of creative ideas to reflect the once peaceful lifestyle of Thai people that are living peacefully due to strong belief and respect. It seems gone is the peaceful way of life nowadays.

Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, Thailand
Wood Statues and Carving Pieces inside the Sanctuary

Three | The whole structure is wooden, made without nails.

You probably have the idea now of how amazing this artwork is. Thai people made this building possible by just using their hands, hammer and chisel. Only hardwood is selected to build the main structure of the building. the main post is actually made from a 400-year old wood and ancient joining techniques were used to build it.

Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, Thailand
Amazingly detailed wood statues!

Four | The building is still work in progress.

The work of the building started in 1981, and until now, there are still plain wood poles and unfinished wood pieces that are waiting to be carved into something amazing. The art style being used in the sanctuary is what they called one of the masterpieces in this era.

Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, Thailand
Thai carpenters with wood pieces and their chisels!

Five| They observe proper dress code.

Inside the Sanctuary of Truth, tourists should observe no tank tops, very short shorts, mini-skirt, or dresses above the knees. Do not fret if you show up in tank top, shorts, or any of the mentioned because there is a small shop just outside the entrance selling cover-up. You better go there prepared and appropriately dressed to help you save a few bahts.

Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya Thailand
I have my shall with me (left it for a while for this shot).

SAFETY FIRST | Wear a helmet inside the Sanctuary of Truth.

Since the Sanctuary of Truth is still under construction, you will be required to wear a helmet. Inside you will see some scaffoldings. So, safety first!

Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, Thailand
Wear helmet because first, safety! 🙂

Know about operating hours and ticket price.

  • Opening hours: 8am – 6pm.
  • There are guided tours every 30 minutes.
  • The cost of ticket price already includes the guided tour, and you do not need to follow the tour if you want! 🙂
  • Ticket price: 500 Baht


Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya Thailand
Even in the roof, you can find wooden carvings and statues.
Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya Thailand
Look how beautifully made the walls are.
Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya Thailand
Dramatic Pose with Joshua

That’s it! I hope this article give you everything you need to know before you visit The Sanctuary of Truth. Remember three things: Pack light, be there as early as possible and most importantly, dress appropriately for your unforgettable marvel experience in the wooden world.

Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya Thailand
Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya Thailand

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November 5, 2019 10:32 pm

Wow what an amazing building! What a beautiful place to visit

Ruth I
Ruth I
November 5, 2019 8:11 pm

I could not believe how beautiful this place is. I am happy to know people tries their best preserving it. Worth every dollar to spend.

Ntensibe Edgar
November 5, 2019 5:38 pm

BEAUTIFUL!!!! Just look at it, in the featured photo! It stands out even with just it’s shape and design alone.

Subhashish Roy
November 5, 2019 2:59 pm

Have been to Pattaya once but missed out on Sanctuary of Truth. It looks such a peaceful place and would love to spend time there. I love the pagoda structures.

November 5, 2019 4:07 am

The Sanctuary is absolutely breathtaking. I would love to see it one day. Thanks for making sure I’ll know what to do when I get there!

November 5, 2019 2:24 am

If we are ever in the area, we will definitely visit this sanctuary. It’s absolutely beautiful!

November 4, 2019 11:25 pm

Such a beautiful location! I am for sure putting this on my list of [places I hope to see one day!

November 4, 2019 11:10 pm

What a feat of human tenacity and perseverance. It’s humbling to see how modern man can use traditional techniques so beautifully!

September 24, 2018 2:35 pm

Instagramable place!

September 22, 2018 5:00 pm

Very informative, I’ll be sure to keep that in mind when I get the chance to visit

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