|WAT MAI 2 (วัดไม)
|Wat Mai is a defunct temple formerly located on Ayutthaya's city island in present Pratu
Chai Sub-district, in the vicinity of an area formerly called Laem Sarapha.
Following a map of the 19th century, the monastery was situated along the east bank of
Khlong Pratu Jin and south of the road running over the Talat Jin Bridge. The temple
stood west of Wat Sam Jin, a still existing ruin.
Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown. The map indicates
the existence of and northwest of the Ok Kai Fortress.
The temple is mentioned on a 19th century map, but features on no other maps of
Making an assessment of all the monastic structures, in the zone demarcated by Chikun
Road, Pa Thon Road, Pridi Banomyong Road and U-Thong Road is rather difficult, as
the position and name of the structures vary on different maps. On a 19th century map,
there are 15 structures counted, while on the 20th century PBR map there are 13
mentioned. There is inconsistency in the names and the positions. Even maps drafted by
the Fine Arts Department, what I presume, based on excavations in the zone, shed no
light on this matter. Positions of monastic structures can be asserted, but their ancient
names will remain questioned forever.
Wat Mai should have been located in the vicinity of geographical coordinates: 14° 20'
56.90" N, 100° 34' 13.26" E.
|Text & maps by Tricky Vandenberg - November 2010
Updated January 2015
|(Detail of a 19th century map - map is orientated S-N)