Anek Kusala Sala
Anek Kusala Sala
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  • Koe Wei Loon
    Melaka, Malaysia21 contributions
    A temple and museum
    Our private taxi driver recommended this place to us. At first, we thought it was just another normal Chinese temple. However, we immediately changed our perceptions when we entered it. There were many well crafted statues and valuable historical artifacts inside the huge building. The admission fee was just 50 baht, really worth a visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 2, 2023
  • pianocello
    Shah Alam, Malaysia1,392 contributions
    Recommended
    This is probably the biggest collection of Chinese treasures outside China that I have seen. It makes a welcome diversion from other Pattaya attractions. It is a bit out of town so make the transport arrangements accordingly. Plan at least two hours here. My only complaint is that while there were many impressive statues outside, it was too hot to take pictures without some kind of shade.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 25, 2023
  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia7,494 contributions
    Chinese Temple Museum
    The complex was built in 1987 and is regarded as fine examples of Chinese art and architecture. It includes a three storey central building and various pavilions. We were privileged to be able to view so many priceless artefacts and antiques, pottery and statues of Shaolin monks. The external areas are also worth taking some time to see various figures of Chinese Mythology, lions and some more contemporary sculptures.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 26, 2023
  • QPixels
    Southampton, United Kingdom374 contributions
    A hidden gem
    A hidden gem just outside of Pattaya, Viharn Sien (also known as Viharnra Sien or Anek Kusala sala) is often overlooked by tourists. We had it all to ourselves majority of the time. A very few people visited apart from us on the day we were there.Viharn Sien is a museum hosted in the former temple that houses an impressive collection of Chinese arts and various artefacts. The main hall is a replica of the Hall of Mental Cultivation in Beijing’s Forbidden City and houses a stunning collection of porcelain and bronze sculptures. One of the most impressive exhibits in the museum is the collection of over 300 terracotta warrior replicas and horses, which are arranged in rows just like the actual terracotta warriors in China. There are three floors to visit and plenty of rooms with a lot to take in (but the interiors are kept pleasantly cool so it is really nice to wonder around). Also, do not skip the exterior around the museum. Some of the sculptures of mythological characters are even more incredible than Marvel’s heroes.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 4, 2024
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,494 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The complex was built in 1987 and is regarded as fine examples of Chinese art and architecture. It includes a three storey central building and various pavilions. We were privileged to be able to view so many priceless artefacts and antiques, pottery and statues of Shaolin monks. The external areas are also worth taking some time to see various figures of Chinese Mythology, lions and some more contemporary sculptures.
Written December 26, 2023
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Koe Wei Loon
Melaka, Malaysia21 contributions
Apr 2023
Our private taxi driver recommended this place to us. At first, we thought it was just another normal Chinese temple. However, we immediately changed our perceptions when we entered it. There were many well crafted statues and valuable historical artifacts inside the huge building. The admission fee was just 50 baht, really worth a visit.
Written May 2, 2023
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pianocello
Shah Alam, Malaysia1,392 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
This is probably the biggest collection of Chinese treasures outside China that I have seen. It makes a welcome diversion from other Pattaya attractions. It is a bit out of town so make the transport arrangements accordingly. Plan at least two hours here. My only complaint is that while there were many impressive statues outside, it was too hot to take pictures without some kind of shade.
Written December 25, 2023
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QPixels
Southampton, UK374 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
A hidden gem just outside of Pattaya, Viharn Sien (also known as Viharnra Sien or Anek Kusala sala) is often overlooked by tourists. We had it all to ourselves majority of the time. A very few people visited apart from us on the day we were there.Viharn Sien is a museum hosted in the former temple that houses an impressive collection of Chinese arts and various artefacts. The main hall is a replica of the Hall of Mental Cultivation in Beijing’s Forbidden City and houses a stunning collection of porcelain and bronze sculptures. One of the most impressive exhibits in the museum is the collection of over 300 terracotta warrior replicas and horses, which are arranged in rows just like the actual terracotta warriors in China. There are three floors to visit and plenty of rooms with a lot to take in (but the interiors are kept pleasantly cool so it is really nice to wonder around). Also, do not skip the exterior around the museum. Some of the sculptures of mythological characters are even more incredible than Marvel’s heroes.
Written February 4, 2024
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Helmut S
Bangkok, Thailand1,825 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
Anek Kuson Sala is a fascinating place, an impressive vast exhibit of rare artefacts from China, a must see when in Pattaya/Sattahip. The Thai-Chinese businessman Sa-nga Kulakobkiat (also a Master of Feng Shui) was very instrumental in ensuring the support of the Chinese government and the Chinese community in Thailand to get the numerous artefacts from China to this Chinese temple of worship and now museum in Thailand. There are photos of his Majesty King Bhumibhol and the Royal Family inaugurating the museum.

On entering the main gate there is a garden with huge statues, bonsai plants and a Chinese pavilion to worship. The entrance to the building which got three floors of exhibits is guarded by 2 so-called Beijing Lions, 3.5 m in height and each with a weight of 22 tons.

The exhibition area on the ground floor looks like an ancient Chinese palace hall with a collection of Chinese artifacts with numerous sculptures of various gods and goddesses, dragons, the golden throne of an emperor and the horse soldier figurine (dated more than 2,000 years old) excavated from Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s tomb in Xian, Genghis Khan on a horse, figures of the Terracotta army that are on permanent loan from China, these are the originals (!) and the superb model of the excavated site in Xian with the terracotta army even capturing the individual faces on each of the hundreds of soldiers.

On the 2nd floor there are more statues of Chinese god, goddesses and warriors. There is a large open terrace with statues of Shao Lin monks, Kung Fu scenes, warriors, etc. Accessible from the terrace there are two Thai exhibition rooms with models of the Royal Barges, classical Thai instruments, and a collection of Buddhas denoting the days of the week so you can work out which one is applicable to your birth date.

The third floor is dedicated to a collection of Buddha images, and wall murals depicting scenes from Buddha’s life.

We didn’t expect to spend more than 2 hours in this museum without getting tired of so much culture. The entrance fee is a mere 50 THB, less than 2US$.
The temple/museum is also called Vihara Sien because of the collection of Chinese saints housed inside the temple (‘sien’ means saints).
Written October 23, 2016
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luc l
Bangkok, Thailand9 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
Trip advisor has the wrong location for this attraction cost me an hour and a half of travel by car! !!!!!! The real location is just south of ban amphoe lake I have submitted the change in trip advisor and hopefully they will correct it what a waste of time great museum tough.
Written January 15, 2016
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Marshall H
Phitsanulok, Thailand939 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
There are four worthwhile attractions in this area about 30 minutes South of Pattaya. Viharna Sien, Buddha mountain, Silverlake winery and Wat Yan Sang Waram. This makes for a great day trip from Pattaya. I live in Thailand and this one is to me the most impressive of all. It is a magnificient Chinese structure that is essentialy a museum celebrating the fusion of Thai and Chinese cultures. There are thousands of works of art on display. The upper floors also contain Buddhist sanctuaries. There is a great view of Jomtien/Pattaya from the third floor balcony. On the seccond floor You can also view the Buddha mountain on one side and the magnificent tower of Wat Yan Sang Waram on the other.

Even for the casual tourist this is worth an hour or two. The serious culture buff could enjoy a longer stay.

There is a 50 baht admission (well worth it). There is a small Thai style food court outside the gate in the garden area (near toilets). Not much English here, but you can buy drinks, snacks and fried rice etc. We did not see any other eating options in the area, it's very rural.

There is also a very clear map board outside the entrance showing the way to the other attractions in the area.
Written July 15, 2013
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Shashitha
Singapore, Singapore167 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
This is definitely for the Chinese history buffs. You will also enjoy it if you like art and sculpture. The exhibits include the collection of artefacts ranging from earthenware pottery, ancient musical instruments, paintings and brassware.
Written September 30, 2019
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IvanS225
Singapore, Singapore499 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
A slow and quiet walk down Chinese culture, whereby you can see different cultures from the different Chinese dynasties...
It was quite an interesting place to explore, albeit a good place to escape the sweltering heat too!
Do check out the Buddhist relics on the top floor near the roof top garden!!
Written May 29, 2016
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Steve637
Derby, UK31 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
"This temple is a must see place in Pattaya province"
Not many tourists go there because they not know of it or do not know how to find it,I cannot describe this temple ,it is just one of the places in the world you have to go too and experience for yourself..."It up to you"
Entrace fee is only 50 bath................
Written June 29, 2015
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