WAT KHAO SAN DAM (วัดข้าวสารดำ)
Wat Khaosan Dam or the Monastery of the Black Milled Rice was located off the
city island in the northern area of Ayutthaya in Hua Ro sub-district.

The monastery is located on a small island called Ko Loi (floating island), that was
created by the digging of
Khlong Chong Lom and the extension and dredging of Khlong
Sai (becoming the Pa Sak River) in the early 20th century.

The monastery features on a 1974, 1993 and 2007 Fine Arts Department map. The
ruins of Wat Khao San Dam can be found north of the the campus of the present
Ayutthaya Ship Building Industrial and Technology College (Boat School) on which
premises are the remains of
Wat Inthawat. Wat Jampa stood northeast, nearly opposite
of Wat Khao San Dam, while the bell tower of
Wat Saphan Kluea stands still visible on
its west along the former
Front city canal.

In situ is a brick mound with a small vihara built on top, featuring the Buddha in sitting
position and bhumisparsa hand gesture or mudra (Buddha calls the Earth to witness his
enlightenment) and his two main male disciples Mogallana and Sariputta. Scraping the
brick mound, black rice grains can be found.

Some remains of the temple were excavated by the Fine Arts Department (FAD) in
geographical coordinates: +14° 22' 1.86" N, +100° 34' 42.22" E (based on 2005 map).

Its historical background and period of construction are unknown.
View of the brick mound
Buddha image in situ
Text, maps & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - March 2009
Reviewed June 2014
(View of the brick mound)
(Buddha image in situ)
View of the location
View of the location
(View of the location)
(View of the location)
(Old black milled rice)
Old black milled rice
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)