In Thailand: Hindu-Buddhist Temple Carved Out of Wood

Published September 9th, 2020 - 06:27 GMT

The unfinished Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum,Sanctuary of Truth, is located in Pattaya, Thailand and it was made by the Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan in the Ayutthaya style. The temple was designed to be only out of wood.

The Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum has been under construction since 1981, and it might probably take until 2025 at the earliest.

Despite being under construction, tourists from all over the globe are able to visit the Sanctuary and enjoy the wooden pieces inside.

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This photograph taken on September 2, 2020 shows wooden carvings in front of the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on September 2, 2020 shows wooden carvings in front of the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Inspired by the Thai temples in Ayutthaya, the building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Inspired by the Thai temples in Ayutthaya, the building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on September 2, 2020 shows workers carving elements for the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on September 2, 2020 shows workers carving elements for the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on September 1, 2020 shows the family statue with the portraits of the Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan, who designed the temple, and his wife Prapai Viriyaphan in the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on September 1, 2020 shows the family statue with the portraits of the Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan, who designed the temple, and his wife Prapai Viriyaphan in the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Inspired by the Thai temples in Ayutthaya, the building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Inspired by the Thai temples in Ayutthaya, the building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on September 2, 2020 shows tourists visiting the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on September 2, 2020 shows tourists visiting the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

The building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

The building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on September 1, 2020 shows the interior of the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on September 1, 2020 shows the interior of the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Inspired by the Thai temples in Ayutthaya, the building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Inspired by the Thai temples in Ayutthaya, the building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on September 1, 2020 shows the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on September 1, 2020 shows the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on September 2, 2020 shows wooden carvings in front of the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
Inspired by the Thai temples in Ayutthaya, the building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on September 2, 2020 shows workers carving elements for the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on September 1, 2020 shows the family statue with the portraits of the Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan, who designed the temple, and his wife Prapai Viriyaphan in the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
Inspired by the Thai temples in Ayutthaya, the building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on September 2, 2020 shows tourists visiting the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
The building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on September 1, 2020 shows the interior of the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
Inspired by the Thai temples in Ayutthaya, the building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on September 1, 2020 shows the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on September 2, 2020 shows wooden carvings in front of the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on September 2, 2020 shows wooden carvings in front of the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
Inspired by the Thai temples in Ayutthaya, the building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
Inspired by the Thai temples in Ayutthaya, the building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on September 2, 2020 shows workers carving elements for the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on September 2, 2020 shows workers carving elements for the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on September 1, 2020 shows the family statue with the portraits of the Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan, who designed the temple, and his wife Prapai Viriyaphan in the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on September 1, 2020 shows the family statue with the portraits of the Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan, who designed the temple, and his wife Prapai Viriyaphan in the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
Inspired by the Thai temples in Ayutthaya, the building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
Inspired by the Thai temples in Ayutthaya, the building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on September 2, 2020 shows tourists visiting the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on September 2, 2020 shows tourists visiting the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
The building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
The building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on September 1, 2020 shows the interior of the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on September 1, 2020 shows the interior of the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
Inspired by the Thai temples in Ayutthaya, the building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
Inspired by the Thai temples in Ayutthaya, the building was designed by Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphan and is decorated with ornamentation from the Thai, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Khmer traditions. The construction started in 1981 and is not expected to be finished until 2025. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on September 1, 2020 shows the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on September 1, 2020 shows the all wooden Sanctuary of Truth Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum in Pattaya. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP