Sanctuary of Truth

Attraction Naklua Soi 12, Pattaya-Naklua Rd, Pattaya,Thailand Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
08:30 AM
10:00 AM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
14.25 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Sanctuary of Truth is an amazing attraction that should not be missed. The largest wooden building is constructed completely out of teak wood.

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Why Sanctuary of Truth is special ?

The Sanctuary of Truth is completely made out of wood, and all the delicate carvings are done by hand. A huge number of woodcarvers are at work here every day carving out the various figures.

The huge building is more than 100 meters high. The Sanctuary of Truth, which is also called Prasat Satchatham or Prasat Sut Ja-Tum is not in use as a temple. It is build on an area of almost one acre on Rachvate Cape overlooking the sea in Northern Pattaya.

The architectural style is inspired by Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. Each of the four corners has a tower with figures from Thai, Cambodian, Indian and Chinese beliefs and legends.

The Sanctuary of Truth is created by Thai millionaire Khun Lek Viriyaphant, who was very interested in preserving Thai culture and history. He also created the Erawan Museum and the Ancient city Muang Boran, where many of Thailand’s historical buildings can be found in a scaled down version, both located in Samut Prakan province close to Bangkok.

The process during the construction only involved ancient Thai carpentry techniques such as dowelling, bolting and wedging. It also exhibits marvelous crafted wooden sculptures which beautifully portray philosophical stories of certain things in an abstract way through a concrete form and reflect the attitudes, wisdoms, morals and philosophies of the Eastern World.

The Sanctuary of Truth is truly the work of architecture and sculpture of the century. It received the Best Travel Destination Award from The Thai Tourism Industry Awards in 2008.

What to explore at Sanctuary of Truth?

There are guided tours every 30 minutes in English (other languages are available including Chinese and Russian). The guided tour is included in the cost of the ticket price. A display of traditional Thai dancing takes place daily at 11.30 and 15.30 on a covered stage in front of the main building.

In addition to the Sanctuary of Truth there are some other ‘attractions’. This includes elephant rides and a pony and trap to ferry visitors around. There is also an area for ATV rides and a separate rifle shooting range.

For an alternative view of the Sanctuary of Truth, visitors can book a speedboat trip at the ticket office for an additional 300 Baht per person. The trip lasts 25 minutes and takes you around the cape and surrounding area.

For food and refreshments, there is a Family Mart directly opposite the entrance to the building, but if you want dining or drinks with a view, Naklua Kitchen restaurant has an impressive location overlooking the Sanctuary of Truth and ocean beyond. The restaurant is located within the main grounds and is open daily 10.00-22.00. You don’t need to buy a ticket for the Sanctuary of Truth if you just want to eat or drink at Naklua Kitchen and simply enjoy the views which are said to be at their best at sunset


How to get to Sanctuary of Truth?

The Sanctuary of Truth is located at Laem Ratchawet in Naklua, Northern Pattaya on Soi 12, Naklua Road. Since it is not far from most Pattaya hotels, the cheapest way to get there is by local songthaew, also called baht bus. If you prefer a more comfortable ride, the hotel will be able to book you a taxi. Agree on the price before leaving. You can ask the driver to wait for you and drive you back to your hotel.

Selling points

  • Excellent Wooden Structure
  • Great local Attraction
  • A photographers dream
  • Discover the Truth of who we are
  • Absolutely amazing piece of art
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Naklua Soi 12, Pattaya-Naklua Rd, Pattaya,Thailand

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Tips for you

  • You can get there by baht bus. If you prefer a more comfortable ride,can book you a taxi.
  • There is often crowded with huge bus loads of tourists who destroy any chance of finding sanctuary here,
  • Be sure to have a guide, it makes a whole difference, especially for those who do not know buddhist or hindu history/beliefs very well. Be sure to stop at the little booth just before you walk around the sanctuary to get a free tour guide. Thai cultural performances are performed two rounds at 11.30 am. and 3.30 pm. Do not to be missed.
    Things to do
  • You can feed elephant with ripe bananas for only 100 Baht
    Things to do
  • There is a lift for wheelchair wheelchairs on second level access
  • A display of traditional Thai dancing takes place daily at 11.30 and 15.30 on a covered stage in front of the main building.
  • Watching people carving during the visit a truly beautiful experience.
    What to see
  • There is have great restaurant serviced with local foods. DO not miss.
  • If you are a woman wear pants and sleeves or bring a scarf as they don't like arms/legs showing, otherways you will, need to hire or buy a scarf from them.
    What to wear
  • Be aware as there is a lot of stairs to get down to the sanctuary and again getting back up
  • There is a lift for wheelchair wheelchairs on second level access
    What to bring
  • Try to go at the show time. 11:30 in morning.
  • Do not come here on weekend.
  • Beach near the temple scenic, but very dusty place, not suitable for a picnic,
    Things nearby
  • Quite expensive
    Ticket and Pricing


FourSquare View more

Worth visiting for tourists and photographers. also worth for Ancient Siam and Elephant Museumin Samutprakarn. 500 for maintenance is not much.

TripAdvisor View more

This is a must for all Pattaya visitors. You will be amazed to see the beauty of the structure. It was still under construction when we visited, but looked absolutely marvelous. Situated right on the sea side the view is excellent too. The ticket includes a welcome drink and a beautiful rowing boat ride. It was lovely , the boat driver was very friendly and polite.The design and the architecture will blow your mind away. 10/10 stars. Hats of to the creators and workers.

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