|WAT PRASAT 1 (วัดปราศาท)
|Wat Prasat or the Monastery of the Castle (Tower) was located on the city island in
the southern part of Ayutthaya in Pratu Chai Sub-district, east of the Somdet Phra Sri
The monastery was situated between Khlong Chakrai Yai and Khlong Chakrai Noi. It
stood along one of the most important streets of the city, being the Maha Rathaya Street
also called Thanon Luang, a laterite paved road, about 12 meters wide, which ran
through the center of the capital and linked the Royal Palace with the southern city gate.
Wat Prasat was located west of the temple cluster made by Wat Khok Khemi, Wat
Khok Khema and Wat Khok Yai Mi.
The remnants of the temple stands on what is now the Ayutthaya Hospital. Only a large
octagonal base of a chedi in the classic Ayutthayan style and its toppled part are visible.
Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown.
The site is indicated on Phraya Boran Rachathanin's (PBR) map drafted in 1926. The
temple is situated north of what PBR mentions as Thanon Rong Krai (street).
The restored ruin of Wat Prasat is located in Geo. Coord.: 14° 20' 37.77" N, 100° 33'
|Text, maps & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - July 2010
Updated March 2015
|(Chedi from Wat Prasat, view from the east)
|(View from the south)
|(View from the north)
|(Detail of a 19th century map - Courtesy of the Sam
Chao Phraya Museum - map is orientated S-N)
|(Detail of Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map - Anno
|(Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map -
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Department - 3th Region)