The Sanctuary of Truth (121 photos)

“Sanctuary of Truth (Thai: ปราสาทสัจธรรม, also called Wang Boran and Prasat Mai) is a temple construction in Pattaya, Thailand. The sanctuary is an all-wood building filled with sculptures based on traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs. … It features contemporary Visionary art based on traditional religious themes. The project was initiated as an idea of Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphant in 1981, and is scheduled to be complete in 2025.” (Wikipedia)

“The building was constructed according to ancient Thai ingenuity and every square inch of the building is covered with wooden carve sculpture. The purposes of decoration with wooden carve sculptures are to use art and culture as the reflection of Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy. With in this complex, visitors will understand Ancient Life, Human Responsibility, Basic Thought, Cycle of living, Life Relationship with Universe and Common Goal of Life toward Utopia.” (Official website)

Introduction: Mythological scene on the way to the temple.

Carvers: There are more than 200 sculptors working at the Sanctuary.

Exterior: Numinous visions, fine carving, Thai, Hindu, Khmer and Chinese motifs and styles.

The West Hall: creation of the universe, four great elements (Earth, Water, Wind and Fire) and tree supreme gods (Trimurti) – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

The East Hall: the creation of life, Father and Mother, Shiva and Parvati, their off-spring and the purity of parental love.

The South Hall: the planets and stars and their influence on the course of human life and events.

The North Hall: enlightenment through suffering and sacrifice for our fellowmen, doing good deeds will allow us to be released from the cycle of life. Chinese style, Taoism and Confucianism, Guan Yin the Goddess of Mercy.

The Central Hall: enlightenment, nirvana.

Naga: serpent power, primal energy, sacred femininity, fertility, rebirth, wisdom.

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