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The Sanctuary of Truth

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

Entrance facing the beach

The Sanctuary from a distance

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.

Comments

Lily Hydrangea said…
this is an amazing structure, thank you for sharing!
magiceye said…
a labor of love!
great man who appreciates traditional art and preserves it for posterity
Anonymous said…
Wow...it sure is beautiful. I can't imagine being so creative. Thank goodness his children are continuing the project. Thanks for sharing this :)
LadyFi said…
What breath-taking workmanship and craft!
Anya said…
Wow!!
Hazel its very beautiful in your coutry :)))))))
AMAZING !!!!!!!!!
Erin said…
so much to see in this awesome architectural piece...are those elephant sculptures hanging from the building?
thank you for sharing this fab building with us.
Jayne d'Arcy said…
What a wonderful legacy!
Carver said…
What a magnificent sanctuary. Thank your for showing us this amazing place. The art and craftmanship is wonderful.
Ebie said…
Such great architecture and craftsmanship. His legacy...one way of sharing his wealth. He would always be remembered.
Hazel said…
@ Erin, yes they are. they're huge, they're hanging.
sleigh beds said…
Such constructions are really unique and have a different look. In my county has also a same construction called Akshar Dham Temple which is the largest hindu temple in the world and the Genus book of world record holder.

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