Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya
The Sanctuary of Truth is a must visit on your trip to Pattaya, Thailand. Contrary to popular belief, Sanctuary of Truth is a museum, not a temple. Additionally, it is the only all wood sculpture in the world, and is even more remarkable than it looks in photos. From the upper viewpoint, the entire castle appears as if it’s floating on the sea. Remarkably, Thai craftsman constructed it completely by wood, not using a single nail!
The Sanctuary has Buddhist and Hindu influences and is based on the Ayutthaya period. Inside, there are wood carvings representing the the gods of the four elements of our world – earth, water, wind , and fire. The museum has been under construction since 1981, but is expected to finally be completed in 2050!
Admission: 500 baht (adults) 250 baht (children)
**You can buy discounted tickets on the Klook app for 385 baht. (select dates only)
The Sanctuary of Truth is located in northern Pattaya, near Pattaya beach. To get here, we ordered a grab (Thai version of uber) from our hotel. However, we decided to order a taxi to get home. According to signs around the site, Grab is not permitted in this area. But don’t worry, there are taxis readily available for tourists! We were able to bargain a little on the price, as it was much higher that our ride getting there, but mai pen rai. If you are hungry afterwards, I highly suggest visiting The Glass House Silver, an idyllic beachfront restaurant just minutes away!
Getting to Pattaya from Bangkok:
To get to Pattaya from Bangkok you can take a taxi, train, bus, or shared van. Tickets start as low as 150 baht ($5 USD). We decided to take a bus from the Suvarnabhumi Airport with and tickets were 320 baht (less than $10 USD!) per person. The bus ride should take under 2 hours, and will drop you off directly at your hotel. However, Bangkok traffic can be quite unpredictable, so it may depend on what time you are leaving and if your bus route is making any stops.
The day we we left, we attempted to book a return ticket back to Bangkok. Unfortunately, everything was sold out. We even showed up to the bus station thinking we could simply buy one in person, but were shut down. Lesson learned the hard way! I definitely recommend booking a few days in advance. We ended up having to book a private taxi for our way back to Bangkok. 12go.asia is a great place to find tickets, just make sure you buy a few days in advance to be safe!
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