WAT KHON (วัดโขน)
Text & maps by Tricky Vandenberg - July 2009
Updated April 2011, April 2013
Detail of a 19th century map - map is orientated S-N.
(Detail of a 19th century map - map is orientated S-N.)
Detail of Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map - Anno 1926
(Detail of Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map - Anno
1926)
Wat Khon or the Monastery of the Masked Play is located on Ayutthaya's city island
in the southwestern part in Pratu Chai sub-district, northwest of the
Somdet Phra Sri
Nakharin Park. The site is part of the Ayutthaya Historical Park.

The monastery is named after the "Khon", a type of Thai drama; a mask play which
repertoire is drawn from the Ramakien (Ramayana).

Phraya Boran Rachathanin (PBR) positions Wat Khon on his
1926 map of Ayutthaya
east of
Wat Cho on the south bank of Khlong Tha Phra (also called as Khlong Klaep).

A 2007 Fine Arts Department (FAD) map based on conducted excavations in the area,
indicates Wat Khon (but with the name Wat Jon - วัดโจน) in an identical position as
PBR does.

On a
mid-19th century map this location is denominated as Wat Lanthom Yai
(วัดลั่นทมใหญ่). (1) This old map indicates Wat Khon south of Wat Cho; even below
Wat Maha Saman.

Historical data about the monastery and its construction is unknown.

The site is located in Geo Coord: +14° 20' 44.48" N, +100° 32' 49.74" E.

Why the denomination on the 19thC map being Wat Lanthom Yai has been altered by
PBR more than 50 years later into Wat Khon remains a question. On the 1993 Fine Arts
Department [FAD] map we find the location mentioned as Wat Jon. The same
denomination is repeated on the 2007 FAD GIS map. If not a repeated mistake in
writing, the same question can be asked here.

Footnotes:

(1) ลั่นทม  = Frangipani, Nosegay or Pagoda Tree. Scientific name: Plumeria Rubra.
Wat Lanthom Yai = the Large Monastery of the Frangipani Tree.
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)