Sanctuary of Truth
|Sanctuary of Truth|
|Location||Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand|
The Sanctuary of Truth (Thai:ปราสาทสัจธรรม) is an unfinished museum in Pattaya, Thailand, which is a hybrid of temple and castle based on Ayutthaya period and Buddhist, Hindu beliefs. It was designed by the Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan in the Ayutthaya style. The building is notably constructed entirely out of wood, specifically Mai Deang, Mai Takien, Mai Panchaat, and Teak, and it contains only wood-carved idols and sculptures. Construction first began on the Sanctuary of Truth in 1981 and continues as of 2020, though visitors are permitted inside with hard hats. Located on 13 hectares of land, the temple houses an internal space of 2,115 m2, with the tallest spire reaching to 105 m.
The building has been under construction since 1981, and may not be finally completed until 2025 at the earliest. Though under construction, tourists are able to visit the Sanctuary.
The Sanctuary features a four-faced Hindu creator God Brahma statue on its rooftop for showing respect to father, mother, teacher, and the king, and the elephant-headed god Ganesha. The Northern hall features Buddhist Guanyin and other sculptures featuring wisdom of emancipation. The Southern hall features astronomical themes, namely the sun, moon, and other planets impacting people's well-being. The Western hall features representations of the Classical element (earth, water, wind, and fire) and sculpture of Hindu Trinity Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, the god who conquer the four elements. The Eastern hall features familial representations. The main focus was to see visual exhibitions of important eastern religious concepts and the cycle of life.
Inspired by the temples in Ayutthaya, the hand-carved wood structure features Thai architecture. The museum was built by Lek Viriyaphan (Thai:เล็ก วิริยะพันธุ์). Every surface of the structure is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions.
The Sanctuary is made of several different types of wood, giving different parts of the Sanctuary different textures. The oldest wood that has been used is takien wood, used to build the main post and expected to last for 600 years. The structure is composed of wood such as Xylia xylocarpa (Thai:ไม้แดง), Mai-Takien, Mai-Panchart, and teakwood.
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