The Sanctuary of Truth
The Sanctuary of Truth (in Thai Prasat Sut Ja-Tum) is a gigantic wooden construction which covers the area of more than 3200 square meters. 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.
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.
Made entirely of wood (without any metal nails) and commanding a celestial view of the ocean, the Sanctuary of Truth is best described as a visionary environment: part art installation, religious shrine and cultural monument. Constructed in four wings dedicated to Thai, Khmer, Chinese and Indian religious iconography, its architecture and setting is impressive.
The Sanctuary of Truth is dramatically set on a rocky point of the coast in the small town of Naklua. Compulsory tours are led through the building every 30 minutes. Thai dancing is at 11.30am and 3.30pm.