|WAT KHOK CHANG (วัดโคกชาง)
|Wat Khok Chang or the Monastery of the Mound of the Granary (1) was located
on the city island in the northwestern area of Ayutthaya in Pratu Chai sub-district. The
temple was located on the north bank of an ancient canal called Khlong Chang Maha
Chai. Wat Sing was north of the temple, while Wat Jom Thong stood on its south.
There are no traces anymore of the former monastery. A Thai Army camp (Old
Cantonment) had been constructed on the site. The temple has been classified as defunct.
Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown.
The site is mentioned on Phraya Boran Rachathanin’s map drafted in 1926 and on a mid-
19th century map. On the latter map the monastery is denominated Wat Racha
(วัดราช). To its west was Wat Noi.
Wat Khok Chang is indicated on a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map south of
Khlong Chang Maha Chai in geographical coordinates: 14° 21' 13.94" N, 100°
33' 2.11" E. The two oldest maps positions Wat Khok Chang clearly north of the Chang
Maha Chai Canal, which let me presume that the brickwork found in the mentioned
coordinates should have belonged to another unidentified structure.
Wat Khok Chang should have been approximately located in geographical coordinates:
14° 21' 13.94" N, 100° 33' 2.11" E.
(1) ฉาง = barn, granary or storehouse. The temple was likely named after the Maha
Chai granary in its vicinity.
|Text & maps by Tricky Vandenberg - October 2009
Reviewed July 2014
|(Detail of Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map - Anno
|(Detail of a mid-19th century map)
Remark: Wat Ket is on PBR's map Wat Jong Thong.
Notice this map is oriented South - North.
|(Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map -
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Department - 3th Region)