Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum), Pattaya
(4.4/5 based on 3,800+ reviews on the web)
Visit Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum), an atmospheric, intricately carved Buddhist temple. Started in 1981 and still under construction, the wooden place of worship features ornate images, reliefs, and statues. With an intensive attention to detail and a sensitive balancing of contemporary aesthetics and traditional architecture, there's plenty to appreciate about this work in progress--so don't let its completion date of 2050 put you off. Using our international travel planner, Pattaya attractions like Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Unfortunately I didn't join a tour, kind of wished I had. I just walked around solo and it was mesmerizing, I didn't partake in any of the elephant or horse riding and just walking through the sanctua...  more »
  • Simply magnificent, could not believe my eyes when I saw this place! The wood carvings are just breathless as is the whole Sanctuary and to watch the people working on new carvings to refurbish the ol...  more »
  • Was there last year. The first thing that surprised is organic with which fit the Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist elements. Architecturally this is unequivocally a masterpiece in design no nail. Of the minuses I note that tours in English, this was not a problem for me but for someone can be a problem
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  • It’s nice if you are a fan of visiting Buddhist temples (although this is not the type of temples that is meant for prayer but mainly as as a tourist attraction). The wood carving is nice. But don’t expect something that is extra-superb. Maybe you won’t spend a long time. A short visit should be enough. Tour guide is already included in ticket price. So it could be a waste if you don’t take the guide. Or you could do what I did. Went inside by myself and then went back and took a guide so that I solo versus guided tour. Modest dress code is required. Taking off shoes required in some spots inside. If you are lucky you will catch a great performing show (like me) outside the building. There is also an elephant that you can feed or take photo with, for a fee, of course.
  • Really special since it all made of wood. But there are alot of construction and renovations going on so you need to walk around with helmet on. 500 baht seems to be overpriced ( same as the grand palace in bkk wich is much bigger and impressive.) Try to haggle with agancies, i could get the entrance fee and transportation (2 ways) for 600 baht.
  • As another reviewer Neil H said this is a very under publicised attraction and it was fascinating taking time to watch extreamly skilled wood workers carve the shapes after the initial use of power tools. Another reviewer mentioned it's a tourist trap(elephant rides etc) ,does he also inc the drink/ eateries in that? Hay no one is forcing you to use them!
  • It was so cool! A little expensive. But a site too see. Cons: totally made for tourist. Has an obstacle course, elephants to ride, bourses to ride. Has no religion so it's legit just a pretty building they made to get tourist. But reminded me of Burningman so it was sick! Would not pay for anything else besides the sanctuary.
  • Best tourist attraction I found in Pattaya. The Sanctuary is still under construction (June 2016) so you'll have to wear a hard hat. The wooden structure is literally covered in statues and carvings depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. The amount of work required here, the craftsmanship are absolutely astounding. Definitely a must see! The surrounding area is a nice park where you can go for a pleasant walk. There are petting zoos spread in the area, including a chance to feed an elephant. Note that getting here is not trivial - you'll either need to take a taxi or a boat from Pattaya.