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Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum)
Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum)

Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum)

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206/2 Moo 5 Pattaya-Naklua, Pattaya, 20150

The Basics

Travelers usually visit the Sanctuary of Truth from Pattaya itself, though some travel from farther-flung locales such as Bangkok, and the complex is a common stop on Pattaya tours. Many opt to visit on a cultural tour that includes attractions such as Pattaya Floating Market, Big Buddha Temple, and Buddha Mountain.

An entire tourist ecosystem has sprung up around the Sanctuary of Truth. In addition to watching twice-daily cultural performances, you can feed elephants, ride horses, take horse-and-carriage rides, enjoy an all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) trail, and eat at the on-site restaurant. It’s well worth joining one of the half-hourly Sanctuary of Truth tours to learn about the four different religious traditions reflected in the building.

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Skip the Line: The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya (Activities) Admission Ticket
Skip the Line: The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya (Activities) Admission Ticket
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Absolutely fantastic day out. Boat (tour guide) was very accommodating going the extra mile making sure I had everything I needed on the trip. He took a million photos for me and was great company after being on my own travelling for some time - certainly worth the money. Although it’s a long drive from Bangkok the car was extremely nice and comfortable making the journey much easier.
X3411VBmaxl, Jan 2020

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Sanctuary of Truth is a must for aficionados of religion, art, and architecture, as well as photographers.

  • Wear the provided hard hats to protect against ongoing restoration and building work.

  • This is a religious monument, so dress modestly, with arms and legs covered.

  • An elevator provides wheelchair access to parts of the sanctuary.

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How to Get There

The Sanctuary of Truth is located surprisingly close to downtown Pattaya, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of Walking Street. It’s off the main “baht bus” (covered-pickup-truck) routes, so many travelers opt to visit on an organized tour, perhaps one that takes in other nearby religious attractions.

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When to Get There

The Sanctuary of Truth is open from morning until early evening seven days a week, but can get especially busy on weekends. It’s worth visiting for the cultural performances (usually Thai dance) in the late morning and midafternoon, though these also attract the big bus groups.

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What Religion Is the Sanctuary of Truth?

The vision of maverick millionaire Lek Viriyaphant, the Sanctuary of Truth incorporates four separate religious traditions into its four wings: Indian, Chinese, Thai, and Khmer. Carvings tell stories from the Hindu and Buddhist lore of the different regions, demonstrating the close links between the two religions. Viriyaphant also created the Ancient City Museum near Bangkok.

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