The Sanctuary of Truth, a wooden sanctuary situated by the sea of Pattaya, is the largest wooden building in Thailand. Erected by Lek Viriyaphant, the founder of “Muang Boran” and the Erawan Museum in the Samutprakan province, the building’s unique architectural style is what makes the Sanctuary really attractive.
The Sanctuary of Truth is constructed using ancient Thai carpentry methods such as bolting, wedging, and dowelling, and is entirely held together without any nuts and bolts being used.
The Sanctuary of Truth is a true example of ancient Khmer architecture, displaying spectacular crafted wooden sculptures. It also bagged the Best Travel Destination Award in 2008, at the Thai Tourism Industry Awards.
Saying that the Sanctuary of Truth is detailed is an understatement. Every inch of this structure is filled with intricate details that, undoubtedly, cannot be recreated in the next decade or more.
Apart from the beauty of The Sanctuary of Truth, there are dozens of other tourist activities to be enjoyed in the area. You can take an elephant or horse ride around the sanctuary and even enjoy a sea view of the Sanctuary from a speedboat. The Dolphin show and Thai cultural performances along the “Krua Na Klua” are other such popular activities to engage in.
That being said, the temple is still undergoing construction, as new designs are currently being carved in the temple’s structure by a large number of Thai workers. This gives visitors the added opportunity to see how the Sanctuary is constructed right before their eyes.
As a whole, the Sanctuary of Truth is an embodiment of ancient Eastern philosophy and religion. It is truly an amazing structure and, once completed in 2050, will be one of the finest temples in Thailand.
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