|WAT POM YAI (วัดป้อมใหญ่)
|Wat Pom Yai or the Monastery of the Big Fortress was located off the city island in
the western area in Ban Pom sub-district. The monastery was located along the Chao
Phraya River above the city and the site can be accessed via road No 3412. North of
it was situated Wat Phra Ngam and at its south side Wat Pom Noi. Wat Phukhao Thong
was situated at the opposite side of the Chao Phraya River.
Between Wat Pom Yai and Wat Pom Noi was a canal called Khlong Wat Pom, which
had a junction with the Chao Phraya River. Opposite the mouth of this klong was
another canal leading to Wat Phukhao Thong called Khlong Yai.
Nothing of this monastery remains at ground level. The site is covered with vegetation
and rather marshy. On the eastern side of the site (along Khlong Wat Pom) there is an
earthen wall, which may be could contain remnants of the outer wall of the monastery,
although this remains a guess.
The site is heavily prone to inundation. For this reason a new temple with the an identical
name was established at the end of the 20th century at the opposite side of the old
Monastery along Rd 3412.
The monastery's historical background and period of construction are unknown.
Wat Pom Yai was located in approx. Geo. Coord.: 14° 21' 48.33" N, 100° 32' 1.96" E.
|Text, maps & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - August 2009
Updated February 2014
|(The new temple called Wat Pom Yai)
|(Former location of Wat Pom Yai)
|(Earthen wall on the east side)
|(Detail of a 1993 Fine Arts Department map -
Courtesy Khun Supot Prommanot, Director of the 3th
Regional Office of Fine Arts)