Lek Viriyaphan, owner of Thonburi Automobile (Mercedes Benz agent in Thailand), is sometimes called eccentric. Here's a description of a project he began in 1981, north of Pattaya:
The Sanctuary of Truth is a gigantic wooden construction which covers the area of more than two rais. 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 purpose of decoration with wooden carve sculptures is to use art and culture as the reflection of Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy. Within 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. (source)
Some of what can be seen inside the structure
Mr Viriyaphan has passed away but his children continue work on the Sanctuary. Craftsmen toil on while tourists explore the place. After reading around, I am less likely to agree that the businessman was eccentric. He just used his wealth to promote Thai Art. I stood gazing at this amazing showcase and was glad it's available for the public.
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