|WAT KHIAN 4 (วัดเขียน)
|Wat Khian or the Monastery of the Writing (1) was located off the city island in the
northern area of Ayutthaya in Hua Ro sub-district.
The monastery was situated on the south tip of Ko Loi, Ayutthaya's floating island. Wat
Khian stood south of Wat Inthawat and east of Wat Saphan Kluea at the confluence of
the former Klong Sai and Khlong Khu Na Mueang, at present the Pa Sak River.
There are no traces anymore visible of the monastery above ground level.
Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown.
The site is only indicated on a 2007 Fine Arts Department map as วัดเขียน (๑). Some
remains of the temple were excavated by the Fine Arts Department (FAD) in
geographical coordinates: 14° 21' 54.29" N, 100° 34' 48.18" E.
(1) Khian (เขียน), translated meaning "writing", was sometimes given in Siam as a
nickname to a person. Monasteries were often named after their establishers
or sponsors. The monastery here could have been eventually named after its sponsor.
|Text & maps by Tricky Vandenberg - August 2011
Updated July 2014
|(Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map -
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Department - 3th Region)