|WAT CHUM SAENG (วัดชุมแสง)
|This partially restored ruin is located on the northern side of Naresuan Road, beside
be seen directly across the street from Wat Langkha Khao.
Wat Chum Saeng was aligned toward the east/west axis. Its primary feature is a large
bell-shaped tower. This has eroded over the years, but its harmika and spire are mostly
intact. The spire has at least 17 rings, but the finial has disappeared. A sermon hall and
portions of its foundation are still visible east of this chedi. A large Buddha image sits on
the altar, but its arms and head remain missing. A tree currently grows at the altar, and a
few fragments of Buddha images are scattered nearby. The boundary walls of Wat
Chum Saeng are still visible at ground level. There are also traces of a moat.
Wat Chum Saeng was situated along Khlong Nam Cheawn – a canal that brought fast
moving water from Khlong Mueang (the old Lopburi River) to Bueng Phra Ram. The
water flow of this canal was regulated by a gate known as Pratu Tasibiay. A portion of
the gate’s wall can still be seen along U-Thong Road. This canal was aligned with a
number of temples: Wat Yan Sen, Wat Langkha Khao, Wat Langkha Dam, Wat
Sangkha Pat, and Wat Phong.
There is not much known about the history of Wat Chum Saeng. The architectural style
of its bell-tower chedi suggests that this monastery was built in the Middle Ayutthaya
Wat Chum Saeng was still covered by a swamp back in 2002, which made it difficult to
visit on foot. However, this area has now been drained making it easy to access. There
are still people living in dilapidated houses around this territory. Their neighborhood
provides a quick shortcut to Wat Yan Sen.
|Text & photographs by Ken May - August 2009
The water flow of Khlong Nam Chiao was not regulated by the gate known as Pratu Tha
Sip Bia (the Gate of the Landing of the Ten Cowries). This gate was a large land gate in
the northern city wall situated near the northeastern corner of the outer wall of Wat
Following Phraya Boran Rachathanin (PBR) the Nam Chiao canal entered the city two
entries further to the east at an entrance called Chong Maha Thera Mai Sae. The canal
aligned with Wat Chum Saeng, Wat Langkha Khao, Wat Langkha Dam, Wat Sangkha
Pat, and Wat Phong mentioned above, was called Lam Khu Pak Sra.  This author
believes that the local people could have called the latter Khlong Nam Chiao, but this is
in contradiction with PBR writings.
The site is located in Geo Coord: 14° 21 '28.64" N, 100° 33' 52.63" E.
ฉบับชำระครั้งที่๒และภูมิสถนกรุงศรีอยุธยา (2007) - Explanation of the map of the
Capital of Ayutthaya with a ruling of Phraya Boran Rachathanin - Revised 2nd edition
and Geography of the Ayutthaya Kingdom - Ton Chabab print office - Nonthaburi
(2007) - page 53.
|Addendum & maps by Tricky Vandenberg - May 2011
Updated April 2014
|(View from the south)
|(Remains of a Buddha statue)
|(View of the chedi in Ayutthaya style)
|(Remains of a Buddha statue)
|Visit of Wat Chum Saeng on 20 August 2012. Restoration work has been recently
performed on the foundations of the ruin. The biggest issue here has not yet been tackled.
Household waters are drained into the site, creating a stinking pool of stagnant water
between the road and the ruin. Moreover these polluted waters find an exit in the ancient
canal called Lam Khu Pak Sra, which runs into Bung Phra Ram and the Historical Park.
The whole area around the site became swampy and access to the site is difficult; a solution
for this problem need to be found.
(Pictures by Tricky Vandenberg)
|(Detail of Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map - Anno
|Courtesy of the Fine Arts Department - 3th Region)