WAT KHAI WUA (วัดค่ายวัว)
Wat Khai Wua or the Monastery of the Cattle Camp was situated off the city island
in the northern area of Ayutthaya in Khlong Sra Bua sub-district. The temple was
located south of
Wat Sri Pho and more or less opposite of Wat Chao Ya and Wat
Raeng. Wat Kamphaeng stood on its south. Wat Khai Wua stood on the west bank of
Khlong Sra Bua in an area called Thung Khwan.

In situ are the ruins of a monastic structure completely covered in vegetation. The site
has been classified as a brick mound although some minor brick work is still standing.

The site is only mentioned on a 1993 and 2007 Fine Arts Department map. On the first
map the temple is named Wat Khao Wua (วัดเขาวัว); on the second map the site is
named Wat Kha Wua (วัดขาวัว).

In the manuscript "Testimony of the king from Wat Pradu Songtham", a document likely
compiled in the Early Ratanakosin Period, is written that there was a land market beside
Wat Khai Wua on Potters’ Village Road (1). [1][2][3]

Historical data about the monastery and its construction is unknown.

Some remains of the temple were excavated by the Fine Arts Department (FAD) in Geo
Coord: +14° 22' 5.52" N, +100° 33' 24.20" E (based on 2007 map).

Footnotes:

(1) The document reads Wat Khwai and Wat Wua on Potters’ Village Road, but should
be interpreted as Wat Khai Wua.

References:

[1] Geographical description of Ayutthaya: Documents from the palace - Dr Winai
Pongsripian - Bangkok (2007).
[2] Note on the Testimonies and the Description of Ayutthaya - Chris Baker - Journal of
the Siam Society, Vol. 99, 2011 - page 77 (paragraph on KWPS).
[3] Markets and Production in the City of Ayutthaya before 1767: Translation and
Analysis of Part of the Description of Ayutthaya - Chris Baker - Journal of the Siam
Society, Vol. 99, 2011- page 52.
Brick work of Wat Khai Wua
Text, maps & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - October 2009
Reviewed August 2011, November 2013
(Brick work of Wat Khai Wua)
Brick work of Wat Khai Wua
Brick work of Wat Khai Wua
(Brick work of Wat Khai Wua)
(Brick work of Wat Khai Wua)
Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map
(Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map -
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Department - 3th Region)