WAT PA PHLU (วัดป่าพลู)
View of the location of Wat Pa Phlu
Text, maps & photograph by Tricky Vandenberg - May 2009
Updated December 2013, January 2015
Detail of Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map - Anno 1926
Wat Pa Phlu or the Monastery of the Betel Quarter is at present only a small brick
mound situated off the city island in the north-western area of Ayutthaya in Tha Wasukri
Sub-district, west of
Wat Sala Pun.

In situ is a brick mound with on top a locally fabricated small sala, containing  
archaeological artifacts.

The historical background of this temple is unknown. Wat Pa Phlu has been victim of
treasure farming in earlier years.

The temple is mentioned in the Royal Chronicles of Ayutthaya in connection with the
digging of the
Maha Nak Canal as a defensive canal prior the White Elephant War, the
Burmese-Siamese war of 1563-1564.

"At that time a written report from Kancanaburi came in saying that people on the
frontier, having gone up to the border in the Municipality of Còiya, had learned
that the King of Hongsawadi was advancing and that it had taken his men seven
days to pass through Martaban. King Cakkraphat ordered that the families in the
third and fourth class cities and within the districts of the province of Ayutthaya be
moved into the Capital. Then a royal decree was sent up to Phitsanulok saying
that, if the Hongsawadi army should at any time lay siege to Ayutthaya, Prince
Thammaracha was to utilize the armies of all the cities of  the north as a flanking
force. Then the King sent Phraya Cakri out to establish a stockade in the
Municipality of Lumphli with fifteen thousand soldiers, all of whom were clad in
red tunics and red hats.  The Reverend Maha Nak, who was  a monk at Phukhao
Thòng Monastery, left the monkhood and agreed to erect a stockade to protect the
naval forces. He erected a stockade from Phukhao Thòng Monastery on down to
Phlu Forest Monastery." [1]

The site is indicated on
Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map drafted in 1926 and situated in
Geo Coord: 14° 21' 32.84" N, 100° 32' 49.25" E.


[1] The Royal Chronicles of Ayutthaya – Richard D. Cushman (2006) - page 32 /
Source: Phan Canthanumat, British Museum, Reverend Phonnarat, Phra
Cakkraphatdiphong & Royal Autograph - War With Hongsawadi, 1563–1564.
(View of the location of Wat Pa Phlu)
(Detail of Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map - Anno
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)