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Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya, Chonburi Province, Thailand

The Sanctuary of Truth is a gigantic wooden construction which covers  the area of more than two rai’s. The top point of the building is  about 105 meters high.  It was constructed to withstand the wind and sunshine on the seashore at Rachvate Cape, Tumbon Naklua, Amphur Banglamung, Chon Buri Province. 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.

From the Cold War era until today, the world has been under the influence of western civilization , accentuated by materialism and devotion to advanced technology. Many natural areas have been degraded , and men have drifted away from their old values in such a way that morality and spiritual contentment have become irrelevant to many people. Their attempts to control nature have transformed many people into egotistical individuals who are out to destroy each other through incessant wars and economic plundering. Most are after only happiness in this life, and believing that there is no life after this.

This sanctuary of truth 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. This sanctuary was created not from hubris but from goodness drawn from religion , philosophy and art. Man cannot be born and exist without seven creators. The Sanctuary of Truth presents seven creators through carved wood sculptures which adorn its interior. They are: Heaven , Earth ,Father , Mother , Moon , Sun and Stars. On top of the four spires of the sanctuary, the four elements that will lead to the ideal world according to eastern philosophy are presented

A wood sculpture of a celestial body ( Deva ) holding a lot us flower , representing the establishment of religion , the pillar of the world

A wood sculpture of a celestial body holding a child and leading and elderly person , which represents life bestowed on human beings

A wood sculpture of a celestial body holding a book representing “ The continuation of immortal philosophy ”

A wood sculpture of a celestial body with a pigeon perching on his hand , symbolizing peace.

On top of the tallest , central spire is Kalaki mounting a horse, the symbol of Phra Sri Ariyametrai Phra Sir Ariyamethai was the last Bodhisattva to achieve enlightenment in the world and become the fifth Buddha in the Bhadhra era, i.e., the present era

Pattaya Page 22, Sanctuary of Truth, Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi