Viharn Sein Chinese Temple Pattaya
Viharn Sien or Viharnra Sien (วิหารเซียน) is a very beautiful and unique three-storey Chinese temple located on the same grounds as the Wat Yansangwararam temple yet Viharn Sien is very different from that temple.
Viharn Sien is definitely one of the six wonders of Pattaya –Lots of Chinese mythological figures and take a look at the replicas of the famous figures of terracotta warriors and horses from the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The temple is now in use as a museum, a museum that houses a one of a kind collection of Chinese artifacts and antiques. There is so much to look at including granite carvings, old paintings, sculptures of chinese gods and some Buddha statues. More than 1000 pieces are on display in the temple.
The temple was built by the chinese-thai community in 1987 to honour King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand on his 60th birthday. Viharn Sien temple was inaugurated by His Majesty the King on 24th december 1993. The construction of the temple started 6th June 1988 at 9.19 hours so they needed 6 years to complete the project (was it an off-plan development?). The temple was founded by a Thai-Chinese known as Master Sa Nga Kulkobkiat who initiated, designed and supervised the construction. Sa Nga Kulkobkiat died in 2003 and a large bronze statue of him now sits by the entrance. One section of the Viharn Sien temple is dedicated to Thai art and history, among others you will find a model of Thailand’s royal barge and pictures of HM the King.
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