|WAT NOI 4 (วัดน้อย)
|Wat Noi or the Little Monastery is a defunct temple situated on Ayutthaya's city island
outside the Historical Park in Pratu Chai Sub-district.
The monastery is mentioned on a map drafted in the mid-19th century. On that map,
Wat Noi was situated south of Wat Pa Sak, at the other side of the road, an extension of
Chinese Street, past Khlong Pratu Jin. On the map this extension is called Thanon Talat
Jin or the Chinese Market street (Phraya Boran Rachathanin mentions this as a brick
road). The map indicates the presence of a chedi. The temple was situated in between
Khlong Pratu Jin and Khlong Pratu Thep Mi.
Phraya Boran Rachathanin shows a structure called Tuk Rap Khaek Mueang
Farangset (ตึกรับแขคเมืองฝรั่งเศส) in the area located between the two canals and
below the brick road. Tuk Rap Khaek Mueang Farangset means literally the "building to
receive the guests of France" and it was the place were the first French Embassy was
received. The building belonged to an influent Persian Minister at that time. (1)
Whether both structures were one and the same will likely remain unknown as the
structure or both structures are lost in time.
Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown.
Wat Noi must have been located in the approx Geo Coord: 14° 20' 57.15" N, 100° 34'
(1) Guy Tachard wrote: "The King of Siam had ordered a stately House to be built
for the Ambassador; but seeing it was not yet finished, and that there was no
delay to be made because of the Season that pressed his return, Monsieur
Constance went himself and pitched upon the fairest and most commodious House
of the Town, which belonged to a great Mandarin, a Persian by Nation, and had it
splendidly furnished." 
 A Relation of the Voyage to Siam - Guy Tachard (1688) - Orchid Press, Bangkok
(1999) - page 148.
|Text & maps by Tricky Vandenberg - February 2011
Updated January 2015
|(Detail of a 19th century map - map is orientated S-N)