WAT PA JAK (วัดป่าจาก)
Wat Pa Jak or the Monastery of the Nippa Palm Quarter (1) is a defunct temple
formerly located off the city island in the southern area of Ayutthaya in Samphao Lom
Sub-district in the vicinity of Bang Kraja. The monastery was situated along the
Phraya River
between Wat Khun Phrom and Wat Nang Kui.

Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown.

The temple is mentioned in the
Testimony of Khun Luang Wat Pradu Songtham. The
text mentions that there was a boat ferry existing between Tha Hoi (Shell landing) and
Wat Pa Jak. (2) [1]

The temple is not mentioned on
Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map drafted in 1926, but
features on a
mid-19th century map.


(1) Nypa fruticans.
(2) In Ayutthayan times there were twenty-two ferry routes between the main land and
the city island. The southern area had six ferries; the five other crossings were:
Phanan Choeng to Hua Sarapha near the arched gateway of Talat Rong Lek, Tha Phra
Rachawangsan to Wat Khun Phrom, Tha Dan Chi to
Wat Surintharam, Tha Chakrai Noi
Wat Tha Rap and Tha Wang Chai to Wat Nak. [2] See "The Boat & Ferry Landings
of Ayutthaya".


[1] Khamhaikan Khun Luang Wat Pradoosongtham [the testimony of Khun Luang Wat
Pradu Songtham] (2534) Bangkok: The Secretariat Office to Prime Minister - page 54.
[2] Athibai Phaenthi Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya kap khamwinitjai khong Phraya Boran
Racha Thanin - 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 91.
Text & maps by Tricky Vandenberg - October 2010
Detail of a 19th century map - map is orientated S-N
(Detail of a 19th century map - map is orientated S-N)