|WAT AM MAE (วัดอำแม)
|Wat Am Mae was situated on the city island of Ayutthaya in the south in Pratu Chai
sub-district in an area called Thung Khaek (1). The monastery was located on the west
bank of Khlong Pratu Thep Mi, which connected the old Lopburi River (at present
Khlong Mueang or City Canal) in the north with the Chao Phraya River in the south at
Thep Mi water gate.
In the vicinity of the Wat Am Mae was the Saphan Wanon, an old bridge, of which some
of it remains are still visible. Wat Borom Phuttharam lie on its east, while Wat Pa Jan
stood on its south. To its north was Wat Pa Rong, located along the same canal.
There are no traces anymore visible of the monastery above ground level. In the vicinity
of Wat Am Mae in the Great Khaek Village was a fresh market called the "Chinese
The site is indicated on Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map drafted in 1926.
Am Mae is not a Thai name, but more likely a Muslim name possibly derived from the
name Ahmad and might be connected to Sheikh Ahmad, a prominent Muslim merchant
from Persia in Ayutthaya in the early 17th century or Sheikh Ahmad's family branch, who
became very powerful in the Siamese administration from that period onwards. I believe
Wat Am Mae could have been a mosque.
In the old texts of the Kamhaikhan Khun Luang Ha Wat and the Kamhaikhan Khun
Luang Wat Pradu Songtham, is mentioned that Wat Am Mae stood at the end of Great
Khaek Village Jao Chen. Jao Chen refers to the person of the Phraya Chula Rachamontri
in the reign of King Suriyamarin (r. 1758-1767). Chen was a Persian Muslim and the last
Chula Rachamontri of the Ayutthayan era. If we look at Engelbert Kaempfer's sketch we
can see, next to the symbol of a temple being Wat Am Mae, a construction with a
crescent moon. The latter could have been the workplace of the Phraya Chula
Wat Am Mae was located in geographical coordinates: 14° 20' 56.10" N, 100° 33'
(1) Khaek (Thai language) is a foreigner from the Arabian sub-continent, the Indian
sub-continent, Malaysia or Indonesia.
 Markets and Production in the City of Ayutthaya before 1767: Translation and
Analysis of Part of the Description of Ayutthaya - Chris Baker - Journal of the Siam
Society, Vol. 99, 2011 - page 63.
|Text & maps by Tricky Vandenberg
Updated April 2016
|(Detail of Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map - Anno
|(Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map -
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Department - 3th Region)
|(Detail of Engelbert Kaempfer's sketch map - Anno