Rayna Tours offers the most relaxed trip to experience one of Thailand’s most iconic symbols, the Sanctuary of Truth. Majestically perched on an oceanfront location - about four kilometers away from Pattaya city center, this marvelous structure is a work-in-progress for more than three decades, with more than 250 skilled craftsmen engaged in creating inimitable iconography on any given time here. Began its construction in 1981, its completion is a pretty long 5 to 10 years away. Needless to say, you can expect to see something new and phenomenal with every visit.
A hybrid blend of a temple and a palace, the Sanctuary of Truth is the visionary idea of an affluent Thai businessman, Lek Viryaphant, whose main aim has been to bring together all of Asia’s religions, spiritual traditions and philosophies, thus creating a single unifying truth. Barring this complex theme, the structure is a true architectural splendor completely carved out of teak wood. Apparently, not a single metal nail has been used is in the making of this extraordinary sanctuary, locally known as Wang Boran or Prasat Mai.
Spanning across an area of over 30 acres, its top point is 105 meters high and comprises four spires embodying the main religions of Thailand, China, Cambodia, and India. A stunning representation of ancient Thai craftsmanship and a mesmerizing tribute to the seven creators (Earth, Heaven, Father, Mother, Sun, Moon and Stars), this structure’s every nook and cranny is astonishingly decorated with extravagant and meticulous carvings of deities, mythical creatures, religious scenes etc. One of the most outstanding features is a stupendous image of Lord Buddha, which grace the structure’s central hall.
For an up close encounter with this expansive 130,000-square-feet monument, make sure that you take a guided tour with Rayna Tours. Depending on the timing of your visit, you can spectacle traditional Thai dance shows which take place here twice a day.