|WAT SI PHO (วัดสีโพ)
|Wat Si Pho or the Monastery of the Magnificent Bodhi Tree was located off the city
island in the southern area of Ayutthaya in Samphao Lom Sub-district.
The monastery was situated at the confluence of Khlong Takhian and the present Chao
Phraya River. The monastery stood opposite Wat Khok Phlu and Wat Klang on the
east bank of the Takhian Canal and as thus west of the Saint Joseph Church.
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 mid-19th century map. It is plausible that the brick
foundations of the Saint Joseph Church were designated as Wat Si Pho, as later maps do
not mention the latter. Until today, the eastern corner at the mouth of Khlong Takhian has
not been excavated and as thus the existence of Wat Si Pho remained unconfirmed.
Wat Si Pho must have been approximately located near geographical coordinates: 14°
20' 20.03" N, 100° 32' 57.35" E.
|Text & maps by Tricky Vandenberg - August 2011
Updated July 2015
|(Detail of a 19th century map - map is orientated S-N)