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Excellent Wooden Architecture
The Sanctuary of the Truth is an amazing and huge wooden architecture located on the seashore of Rachvate cape in north Pattaya. The Sanctuary of Truth is decorated with carved sculptures and it was made entirely of wood without any metal nails which represents Thailand’s woodworking skill and building technique in the past.
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Although the place is open to the public from 8 am in the morning to 6 pm in the evening, most people prefer to visit the museum early morning from 8 AM or 9 AM. The reason is that, apart from the museum itself, there are lots of enjoyable outdoor activities that the place offers.
To be able to cover everything, it is better to start early. One can start at 8 am or 9 am and take 2 hours to complete the museum and then enjoy the shows at 11 am or 3 pm and spend the rest of the time participating in other activities.
Although Sanctuary of Truth tickets can be purchased on the spot, the place can be very crowded. So, e-tickets can be booked well in advance to secure your spot and also to avoid standing in the queue for long hours. Online tickets can be purchased from Thrillophilia at a 20% discounted rate.
This magnificent museum is famous for its architectural excellence. The world’s largest and most beautiful wood carving structure is one of its kind. The ancient wood joining technique, which has been used to build this place, is not found elsewhere. As construction is still under process, a live display of craftsmen working makes it a unique experience.
Apart from the architecture, the place has also been inspired by Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. Each area of the museum teaches the visitors some values starting from positive thinking to the way of life to family beliefs.
Sanctuary tickets are available on the spot. The cost of the tickets for adults ( anyone above 4.6ft) is 500 Baht(INR 1,159) The ticket counter opens at 8 am in the morning and closes at 5 pm, one hour before the sanctuary is closed in the evening for the day. To avoid delay in getting in, visitors should keep 15mins in hand for the ticketing as there is always a long queue especially between 8 am to 11 am when the crowd is maximum.
The ticket cost of the children is decided on their height instead of their age as in most places. The children whose heights are below 110 cm (3.6 ft) can visit the place free of cost. Those children whose heights are between 110-140 cm (3.6 to 4.6 ft) are charged 250 baht (INR 526).
Those children above 140 cm(4.6 ft) are not considered for a child ticket and have to pay the full ticket cost of INR 845.
Apart from the museum, there are lots of other things to do. One can enjoy riding horses or elephants. For riding horses, there are both options for riding a horse carriage or a horse. A speedboat ride in the sea is very enjoyable while watching the beauty of the Sanctuary. One can also ride the 100-year-old ancient boat while admiring the sanctuary from another angle.
For adventurous visitors, there is ATV activity around the place. Apart from these, there are two shows - Thai Sword and Thai Dance Show at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm daily. There is also a souvenir shop for collecting mementos.
The Sanctuary of Truth is located in the Naklua area of Pattaya, which is a little way out of the town. The nearest airport Suvarnabhumi Airport at Bankok is at a distance of 82km from the Sanctuary. It takes around 1 hrs 18 mins to reach the place by car. By bus, visitors can go up to Pattaya Bus Terminal traveling 2hours. From the bus terminal, taxis or Tuk Tuks are available to reach the place.
Yes. Clicking pictures as well as video photography is very much allowed in this beautiful place. At the entrance, there is the ViewPoint for clicking pictures overlooking the wooden castle. The Seaview background provides another view of the place for taking pictures. One can also take pictures while taking a spin in the speedboat with the sea in the backdrop or can also take pictures leisurely while taking an ancient boat ride.
The greenery of the surrounding gardens, the craving area and the beautiful architecture of the place, is very picturesque and worth to be captured as a lifetime memory.
The best way to see the sanctuary of truth is by taking a self-guided tour of this architectural masterpiece. One can start at the viewpoint at the entrance and then proceed towards the museum and take a look at the 4 faced statue of Brahma depicting the four Buddhist virtues which are known as Brahmaviharas.
The four virtues are benevolence, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. The inside is divided into 5 sections which are the central hall and the north, south-east and west hall. Each hall has its own significance. Once done inside, visitors can go for shows and activities.
Sealife in Bangkok is the largest in Southeast Asia having hundreds of different species on display. Sanctuary of truth is a magnificent wooden structure which is a hybrid of temple and castle built based on Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. The place is the world’s largest wooden structure and its architecture is second to none.
While both are worth visiting being world-famous places, the Sanctuary of Truth is one of its kind and such beauty, especially, still in the construction phase can be seen nowhere else. Hence it is better to visit the sanctuary of truth if one cannot visit both.
Carrying food inside the Sanctuary of Truth is not allowed in as the authority is very conscious to keep this beautiful place clean. You may leave your food at the paid baggage counter if need be. Or you may have food at the NaKlua Restaurant which lies in the grounds of the museum.
The restaurant is open from 8 am to 8 pm daily. Other than that, there are other restaurants in the area such as La Baguette French Bakery, Pla Thong Seafood Restaurant, and Bistro Park. Smoking and drinking alcohol are strictly prohibited inside the grounds of the Sanctuary.
The Sanctuary is open on all days round the year from morning 8 am till evening at 6 pm and the last entry is at 5 pm. The two cultural shows Thai Sword and Thai Dancing Show happen twice a day at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm. The activities and the souvenir shop are all open for the whole day. The restaurant on the grounds is open from 8 am to 8 pm. It is better to reach the Sanctuary at least 15 minutes in advance to avoid delays.
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