The Sanctuary Of Truth
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The Sanctuary of Truth is a gigantic wooden construction which covers the area of more than two rais. The top point of the building is about 105 meters high. It was constructed to withstand the wind and sunshine on the seashore at Rachvate Cape, Tumbon Naklea, Amphur Banglamung, Chon Buri Province.
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YardleyYoung
Jakarta, Indonesia182 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
We went to Sanctuary temple from Bangkok Don Mueang airport dropped by the temple before staying at central pattaya. We booked a registered taxi and the cost for the trips costed baht2,200 including taking lunch at the rest area.

Temple's admission ticket is baht500, and it is open only every hour. Say you come at 12.15, you will join the 1:00 trip. The entrance is managed very orderly and admission ticket has included the tour guide fee. We needed to wear helmet when we entered the temple bcos it was on construction.

After the tour guide completed the tour, we will have free time to take pictures. Lots of nice photo spots inside. They have elephants for rent if you would like to ride it. Really a worthwhile place to visit, easily we spent 2 hours there.
Written November 12, 2022
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Dear Yardley, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We are super happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. Wishing you more travel and experience to enjoy. Regards!
Written November 16, 2022
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Jan M
Honolulu, HI240 contributions
Nov 2022
This temple/museum is one of the most stunning structures that I've seen. It is entirely made out of wood without metal nails. This is an ongoing construction project, so everyone is required to wear a helmet. It is said that the Sanctuary was built during the tensions of the cold war and the owner wanted to enlighten people about Buddhist and Hindu values to achieve peace. We were with a tour group, so I'm not sure about the admission price, but to take advantage of the cost, focus on the intricate and beautiful carvings that highlight the Thai art of woodcarving. You can see artisans at work. Before you go, read up about the significance of some of the carvings to give your time there more value. For example, the Southern Hall is about parental love and love starts with the family. An elevator is available and there are ramps inside for the disabled. Some steps were steep. There are other activities like elephant rides and areas to lounge and have lunch. Proper attire like covered legs and shoulders is required.
Written November 25, 2022
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Jeep
959 contributions
Dec 2020
Located on the seashore, this flamboyant Thai style wooden structure presents the mixture concepts of Buddhist and Hinduism with uncountable amounts of details carved along every square inches of its wall and pillars. Visitors can enter the place in the given schedule (every 30 minutes starting from 08:30 to 17:00). However, we fed a lot of grass to goats and deer while we were waiting for the next round.

In each group, there is a guide that will explain some facts, concepts and philosophies behind some ornaments. Also, each visitor will be given a helmet ; since, there are always some constructions and maintenances (which never will complete) at the place. In my opinion, this place is stunning and its intense decoration is gorgeous (feel like modern Angkor). There are so many nice spots, so don't forget your camera.

Although our guide was very nice and tried to provide many interesting facts for us (such as the place was constructed in the old way without using a single nail), I think that 1 hr lecture is too exhaust for most visitors (30 minutes should be enough). After wandered around and took numerous photos, we ended up in a souvenir shop and bought a small wood carving.

Entrance fee is 500 baht (but we bought 380 baht best price from klook). In fact, there are many activities (with extra charge) can be done in this place, for example, horse riding, elephant riding, ATV driving, canoeing along the river and taking speedboat to the sea.

Really splendid !
Recommend.
Written September 22, 2021
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Thank you for visiting the Sanctuary and for leaving a review. Your review about the 1-hour tour is noted. (this is to really give the guests the details of the place, the reason why it takes 1 hour) Have a nice day!
Written October 20, 2021
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Dona
Bangkok, Thailand2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
Amazing! I’ve been living in Thailand for almost 10 years and this is by far the best temple I’ve been to! You won’t get disappointed. Entrance fee is 500 baht if you buy a ticket from the entrance but you can get a discounted ticket from Klook for only 365 baht. (You can use this code O544I) to get a additional discount minimum of 2 person. If you have a Thai sim and traveling with a group, I recommend you to download the app called ‘Bolt’ it’ll help you get around Pattaya in a really cheap way and it’s very convenient. You can book your ride to Sanctuary of Truth via Bolt it’s cheaper and easier. Do not hire a songtaew because they’ll charge around 200 baht or more.
Written July 22, 2022
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Lynette L
Singapore, Singapore167 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We were very glad we visited this wonderful museum and temple that was built in tribute to Hindu and Buddhist deities; and the teachings behind these two faiths.

Built completely out of wood, each pillar and panel contains intricate carvings in tribute to Buddhism.

This is a sacred place with Buddha's relics on display. Women must wear non revealing clothes like long sleeve tops and long trousers or skirts. As I was wearing a pair of shorts, I used a sarong to wrap round my legs.

Tickets cost 500 baht per person and entry to the temple is every half hour from 830am. Guided tours are available with a small fee. Sarongs are available for rent.

The carvings are stupendous. I would suggest going early in the morning to avoid the heat and the crowds.
Written January 2, 2020
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Brian M
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Jul 2022
We went with the intention of staying for a morning and ended up there for most of the day. Granted we went full on, costumes, photos, eats etc. The temple itself is an awesome exhibition of woodworking skill with craftsmen and women from quite a number of countries. The staff there were all extremely focused, courteous, friendly, with no exceptions. It was really something quite different especially in the company of a Thai person, but not essential. Guided tours in a number of languages included as part of admission price.
Written July 16, 2022
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Magellanic47
Bangkok, Thailand1,049 contributions
Oct 2020 • Solo
It is rare for me to be overwhelmed with emotion when entering a museum.. A monument or just seeing a painting.
Today I witnessed something remarkable.. The detail of artisanship and craft that has been invested in this ongoing project is staggering. I am humbled to say the site and sight truly moved me.

Wheelchair friendly.
Guided tours in English and Chinese
Entrance fee of 500Thb
And shoes on all the way.
Sacred reliquaries in the museum for worshippers.

The tour itself will take about an hour.. And then you can rome to take pictures as needed.
The fee includes the use if a helmet while in the museum as construction is still ongoing.

Covid rules in place. Please have a mask when going.
Also note.. You will need to climb stairs.. If this is an issue.. Please mention it before meeting at the tour assembly point.
Written October 29, 2020
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Kevin
6 contributions
May 2020
Tucked away on the shoreline of Naklua in northern Pattaya is this amazing structure made entirely of wood and carvings with no steel nails.

Entrance is from Naklua Soi 12 and for a small entrance fee you can stay in the grounds all day and enjoy this magnificent place. There are guides that can show you around and explain the meaning of the different parts of the structure. There is also a workshop where the highly skilled craftsmen and women are at work making the parts and figures that make the Sanctuary of Truth what is is. I believe they have been building it since the 1980s and it is still not complete.

Also in the grounds which are jungle like and quite large there are elephants with handlers as well as a small lake which you can hire a small boat and feed some fish. On the shore next to the lake there is a shop selling refreshments like tea coffee, water juice, beer and snacks. Next to that there is seating and a stage where every hour or so Thai traditional dancers perform followed by a traditional Thai sword fight which is quite impressive.

All this and you can't even see it from downtown Pattaya, around 200thb from downtown in a taxi cab and you're there, best to go around Mid morning so you have plenty of time to enjoy this place.

So no trip to Pattaya or Thailand for that matter is complete without a visit to 'The Sanctuary Of Truth'.
Written April 2, 2021
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Tul
Manchester, UK64 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
This is truly an incredible place with so much hard work and dedication that has gone into it.
When you arrive you will have to pay an admission fee of 500 baht per person. This money goes towards the upkeeps of the sanctuary.
When you walk further inside there’s a great spot for taking an overview of the sanctuary and you will have to walk further down the stairs to get closer to the site.
During our visit the site is still ongoing with construction as the the tour guide informed us that construction of each section takes years to complete and this sanctuary started construction about 4 decades ago and is still going.
There are tour guides that cover a variety of languages and they are extremely useful in providing good information and telling you where the best spots are to take pictures. You are also free to roam about yourself as well without a guide. Be mindful that you’ll have to wear a safety helmet whilst construction is still on going for your own safety.
Definitely worth a visit to see all the amazing artistic work that goes into this place because unfortunately with it being close to the seafront, it may not be there in a few years time if there’s ever a storm that the construction can’t withstand.
Written January 8, 2020
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Sierra S
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Couples
Absolutely horrific to see the elephants being jabbed and smacked in the side of the head for careless, clueless, tourists to ride around on them. This is NOT a templ, nor a piece of history, nor a sanctuary. This is a mockery to so many cultures & religions and not to mention a total rip off. I felt so sad walking in being face to face with all these poor starving animals in their “mini zoo” that bake in the sun all day and wait for tourists to fork over more cash so they can be fed. Sickening. Also the staff was incredibly rude and herded everyone around like cattle using whistles and confusing instructions. DO NOT GO HERE. A complete waste of time/money and should not be supported!!!
Written August 5, 2022
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Written September 14, 2022
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