While we were staying with my sister and her husband in Pattaya we visited the Sanctuary of Truth. It was my first time visiting a temple in Thailand and it was breath taking. It was very interesting to visit because you had to pay to get in, whereas almost all the other temples in Thailand are free of entry. Another interesting thing about it was that you were meant to wear hard hats while visiting the sanctuary, as it is still being constructed to this day. You will not see me wearing my hard hat in this post, I took it off for picture (it just didn't go well with my outfit let's say.) We were able to witness the carvings and sculptures being made by hand and carved out of wood, a truly amazing sight.
The Sanctuary of Truth is made completely of wood with sculptures based on traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs. It reaches an enormous 105 metres high and is quite expansive in size. The building began in 1981 and is scheduled to be completed in 2050. The main style of the sanctuary is based on the Thai architecture of the Ayutthayan period. Richly decorated with hand carved sculptures drawn from various artistic traditions can be found throughout. There are tours offered so you can further understand the architecture and motifs. If you find yourself in Pattaya for a few days I would definitely suggest visiting it. Although it does cost to get in (not a lot though) it is worth it just to witness the artists at work and how they sketch first then begin carving. Be sure to dress respectively though, cover your shoulders and your knees.