WAT KHAE 3 (วัดแค)
Wat Khae or the Monastery of the Trumpet Tree (1) is located off the city island in
the northern area at Khlong Sra Bua sub-district in a field named
Thung Kaeo. The
village is called Ban Rang Khae.
Wat Lamut and Wat Phisua stood in its immediate
vicinity. The closest active temple -
Wat Khrutharam - is situated at its northwest side.

The temple was located on the west bank of the old
Lopburi River, presently called
Khlong Hua Ro.

The monastery consists of four principal pagodas, an ordination hall (ubosot), two
vihara, some small pagodas and other buildings surrounded by a wall. All buildings have
been restored several times. The most northern vihara (indicated No 2) was a rectangle
building 37 m long by 11 m width. The entry was situated at the north via a porch.
Around the building was a gallery supported by pillars.

There are no indications in the Royal Chronicles of Ayutthaya when exactly the temple
was built. Archaeological research situates the construction of the temple in the Early
Ayutthaya period (1350 - 1485).

The temple was abandoned during the war of 1766-1767 and sacked by the Burmese.

The revered monk Luang Pu Thuad resided at Wat Khae for a while. He was the
favorite priest of King Ekathotsarot (r. 1605-1620) and was bestowed upon the
Sangkha title of "Somdet Phra Rajamuni Samiramagunupamacarya", the highest rank
ever given to any other monk before in Siam. [1]

The restored ruin of Wat Khae is located in Geo Coord: 14° 22' 32.73" N, 100° 33'
44.86" E.


(1) Bignoniaceae.


[1] http://zapmonster.blogspot.com/2007/06/story-of-luang-pu-thuad.html.
View from the road
Toppled umbrella of a chedi
View of chedi in situ
Text & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - January 2009
Updated June 2014
(View from the road)
(Toppled umbrella of a chedi)
(View of chedi in situ)
Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map
(Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map -
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Department - 3th Region)