WAT AM MAE (AM YAE) (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
Market". [1],

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 (as "Am Ma" is a Chinese
name). I believe Wat Am Mae could have been a mosque.


(1) "Khaek" (Thai language) is a foreigner from the Arabian sub-continent, the Indian
sub-continent, Malaysia or Indonesia.


[1] 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 & map by Tricky Vandenberg - March 2010
Review March 2013
(Extract of a begin-20th century map)