The Prasat Sut Ja-Tum (Sanctuary of Truth) is probably No.1 on the not-to-be-missed list when visiting Pattaya in Thailand. Why? It’s only another temple right? Well, not quite. The temple stands at over 100 metres high, has a floor area of one acre and is made entirely of wood. Yep, teak actually. No nails. Every piece is of the structure and each Buddhist and Hindu carved figure has been hand carved and jointed.
The temple is relatively modern, it was only started in 1981, and construction is not due due to finish until 2050. As well as seeing parts of the interior being installed during your visit, you can also take a stroll through the on-site workshops and see huge structural pieces and detailed and intricate figures being carved then and there by craftsmen (actually many or even most of them women).
I have a raft of video clips from my last visit waiting be assembled into a short movie – with a special focus on the very beautiful interior of the temple. I hope to get this done and a link posted here in the next couple of weeks. Check back again soon if you are interested.