The Sanctuary of Truth is a rather unexpected attraction given the nature and reputation of Pattaya as a holiday destination. Built by a wealthy business family to celebrate the religions of the world, it is an enormous hand-carved wooden building built on a small promontory at Naklua, the northern end of Pattaya. You’ll need a Sawngthaew or motorcycle taxi to get there and it is rather dear to get in (current price unknown).
Work on the building seems to be continually in progress, and provides employment for many artisans and craftsmen from all over the country. Walk around the site and you’ll see carvers at work, inside the building are signs explaining each section of the building, and just marvel at the wonderful carving.
The building itself is amazing but there are also some peripheral attractions that don’t seem so wonderful. One can rent a horse to ride around the site. At the time your correspondent was there one of the animals had got out of control and was being chased around the site by clearly untrained staff.
Another “attraction” is the dolphin show. Here a small species of Dolphins are put through their paces in a muddy pond, balancing balls and splashing the audience - it’s all rather embarrassing really.
However, all in all despite the rather second rate attractions the site is well worth a visit.
206/2 Moo5 Naklua 12 Naklua Rd, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150 Thailand
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