Watt Hua Yai is located about 12 kilometers south of Pattaya City. This is a very popular temple with the local Thai people. The art and craftsmanship around the new temple is exquisite and a must see for someone who is interested in Thai culture.
Here I just have to mention this great book, Temples of Gold: Seven Centuries of Thai Buddhist Paintings by Sankti Leksukhum. It is both a serious and entertaining essay which gives one the feeling of actually "being there". A must for the serious admirer of South-east Asian art and culture!
The commentary is well-researched, easily read and flows hand-in-hand with the breathtaking reproductions of Thai narrative murals of the Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and later Rattanakosin periods.