WAT RACHA PHRUEK (วัดราชพฤษก์)
Wat Racha Phruek or the Monastery of the Golden Shower Tree (1) is a defunct
temple formerly located on Ayutthaya's city island outside the
Historical Park in Hua Ro
Sub-district.

The monastery was situated on the west bank of
Khlong Senasanaram, just
opposite Wat Senat, the present
Wat Senasanaram. On the northwest side stood Wat
Khun Saen
.

Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown.

The premises where once stood Wat Racha Phruek are now probably within the
boundaries of Wat Senasanaram.

The temple features on a
map drafted in the mid-19th century and its location is also
indicated on
Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map drafted in 1926 and on a 1974 Fine Arts
Department map, but remains on this two maps unnamed.

Wat Racha Phruek should have been approximately located in geographical coordinates:
14° 21' 52.54" N, 100° 34' 19.75" E.

Footnotes:

(1) Cassia fistula is a flowering plant in the subfamily, Caesalpiniaceae of the legume
family, Fabaceae. The golden shower tree is the national flower of Thailand; the blossoms
are commonly referred to as 'dok khun' (ดอกคูน).
Text & maps by Tricky Vandenberg - October 2010
Updated June 2020
Detail of Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map - Anno 1926
Detail of a 1974 Fine Arts Department map
(Detail of a 19th century map - map is orientated S-N)
(Detail of Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map - Anno
1926)
(Detail of a 1974 Fine Arts Department map -
Courtesy Dr. Surat Lertlum, Chulachomklao Royal
Military Academy)
Detail of a 19th century map - map is orientated S-N
(Ton Racha Phruek at Wat
Kasatrathirat)