The Sanctuary of Truth (ปราสาทสัจธรรม)was conceived out of the vision that human civilization has been achieved and nurtured by religious and philosophical has been achieved and nurtured by religious and philosophical truth. It is a temple still in construction in Pattaya, Thailand, overlooking the ocean. The sanctuary is an all-wood building filled with sculptures based on traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs. The building is about 100 meters high and 100 meteres long, with in-door space of 2,115 m sq, on approximately 32 acres of land. The project was initiated as an idea of Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphant "Khun Lek" in 1981, and is scheduled to be complete in 2025. It is the most magnificent sight in North Pattaya, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand.

Khun Lek is an eccentric billionaire who wanted to show people the rich architectural and cultural heritage of Thailand. He gave the green light for the construction of this unique monument in 1981, after researching traditional Thai architecture for many years. He christened it the Sanctuary of Truth (also called Wang Boran and Prasat Mai) and insisted it be constructed exclusively out of teak wood. That’s precisely the reason why construction is moving along so slow. Although the carvings look absolutely mind blowing, the 250 wood carvers working on the sanctuary every day can only do so much.

Construction is scheduled to be complete in 2025, but sadly, Khun Lek past away a few years ago, and won’t be able to admire his finished masterpiece. He did leave specific instructions, though, and work goes on according to his meticulous plan. Still a work in progress, the Sanctuary of Truth is already under siege from waves of tourists wanting to see the detailed hand-carved decorations first hand.


LocationThe Sanctuary of Truth (ปราสาทสัจธรรม)
206/2 M. 5 Naklua, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150, Thailand.

Open Time: 8.00 am - 5.00 pm
Thai cultural dance time 1 at 11.30am. Thai cultural dance time 2 at 3.30pm
Admission: Adult B500, Child (Height < 140cm) B250

Telephone: 038-367229-30 ext. 114
Mobile: 081-3508709

Information correct as of November 2012.