|WAT TALAPAT (วัดตาลปัตร)
|Wat Talapat or the Monastery of the Monk's Fan is a defunct temple situated on
Ayutthaya's city island in the Historical Park in present Pratu Chai Sub-district.
The monastery is mentioned on a map drafted in the mid-19th century. Wat Talapat was
situated between Wat Chatthan and Wat Maha That more or less lined-up between both
temples along Khlong Pratu Khao Pluak. Wat Phong was situated close by on the south
west. The map indicates the presence of a chedi.
Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map (PBR) shows no monastic structure in the area
between the two canals being Khlong Pratu Khao Pluak and Lam Khu Pak Sra; and
between Wat Maha That and Fire Street, the brick road running from Wat Phra Ram
towards Chikun Rd.
As PBR's map shows no traces of this temple, Wat Talapat could have been swallowed
by Bueng Phra Ram (the swampy lake) already in the 19th century. But there could be
another possibility; in studying some maps (see Wat Phong) this author believes that what
is called today the restored ruin of Wat Phong, was in fact the ruin of Wat Talapat.
Comparing these maps with the situation of Bueng Phra Ram today, we can only
conclude that the whole area has been altered over time.
The ruin of Wat Talapat is located in geographical coordinates 14° 21' 18.59" N, 100°
33' 59.10" E.
|Text & maps by Tricky Vandenberg - January 2011
Updated May 2012, August 2015
|(Detail of a 19th century map - map is orientated S-N)