|WAT CHEDI KAO (วัดเจดีย์แก่)
|Wat Chedi Kao or the Monastery of the Old Chedi is situated off Ayutthaya's city island in the northern area in Suan Phrik sub-district.
The monastery was located on the west bank of Khlong Nam Ya, north of Wat Nak and west of Wat Borommawong in area called Thamle Ya just
below the Pho Sam Ton Fields.
Wat Chedi Kao was built on a mound standing in the rice fields. The site is filled with broken bricks and shattered holes dug by treasure hunters. A
Buddha statue orientated in northeastern direction, sits on top of the mound. At the pedestal of the Buddha are some remains of broken Buddha
Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown.
The monastery does not feature on any of the old maps.
The site is located in Geo Coord: +14° 22' 53.10" N, +100° 33' 51.38" E.
The story behind
I first got a hint of the existence of a monastery called Wat Chedi Kao in the vicinity of Wat Nak when visiting Wat Ngio in Khlong Sra Bua
sub-district in May 2011. I checked Google maps and pinpointed a possible location for this mysterious site. I went to the vicinity of Wat Nak to
search for more indications but nobody had a clue about its existence. In June of the same year I went to the Fine Arts Department (FAD) to query,
but there was no information in their logs regarding the temple. In August I tried to access the area from behind Wat Borommawong, but did not
succeed as it was too swampy. Shortly before the Great Flood in 2011 during one of my reconnaissance trips north of Ayutthaya, the name of Wat
Chedi Kao was mentioned again. In August 2012 I visited the FAD and on indicating the possible location on a map, I was told that the area North
never had been excavated. In 2013 I still got the site marked with a white pin, indicating the site was not yet confirmed. Taking profit of the hot
season, I finally made my way into the site in April 2013. The site was indeed the location of an old monastery and clearly visible in the fields as most
of the vegetation had been cleared recently.
|Text, pictures & map by Tricky Vandenberg - April 2013