Viharnra Sien in Pattaya, Also called Viharn Sien, Anek Kuson Sala, and Anek Kusala Sala, however we will refer to it as Viharnra Sien, as that is the name that it has above the door. It was built in 1987 to honor King Bhumibol Adulyadej or Rama IX on his 60th birthday.
Sometimes referred to as a temple, it is now more technically a museum. It is a three story building built in the Chinese style and is home for many priceless and rare Chinese artifacts. These include pottery from several Chinese dynasties including the Shang dynasty that are some 3,000 years old. Many of these items were donated by the Chinese Government.
Outside the main building there are a number of Chinese mythological figures and two enormous stone Peking lions.
The third floor is dedicated to a collection of Buddha images and wall murals depicting scenes from the Buddha’s previous incarnations as well as Chinese-style murals.
Viharnra Sien is located about 15 kilometers south of Pattaya, off Sukhumvit Road. It opens at 08:00 and closes at 17:00. There is normally ample parking. Entrance fee is just 50 baht for both Thai nationals and foreigners. Please wear appropriate dress and remove shoes before entering. It is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and parking is normally plentiful
Viharnra Sien Image Gallery
Below are a few photos from our visits to Viharnra Sien. Click on any image to open a cascading light-box and to see a description of the image.