Pattaya Thailand

During the Vietnam war a group of 500 American soldiers stationed at the military base in Korat were driven to Pattaya on 29 June 1959 for a week of rest and relaxation (R&R). They rented several houses at the south end of the beach from a prominent Thai, Lord Sunthorn. Despite their short stay, the GIs had a great time and raved about the place. The word spread among other American soldiers stationed in the region and Pattaya quickly became a hot alternative to Bangkok. Pattaya developed into a popular beach resort. Now greatly expanded, it attracts over 4 million visitors a year.

Sanctuary of truth temple built completely from teak.

Sanctuary of truth temple

The four elements that will lead to the ideal world according to Eastern philosophy

-The establishment of religion, the pillar of the world

-The life bestowed upon human beings

-The continuation of immortal philosophy


The creator of the art work throughout the temple portrays this through woodcarvings depicting the stories from two great epics, Mahabharta and Ramayana. These stories are meant to help fight against personnel desires and lust and to extinguish them.

The locals were so friendly and outgoing during the entire trip, they even sent over our daily morning breakfast guest.

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