WAT SALA PUN (วัดศาลาปูน)
Wat Sala Pun or the Monastery of the Pavilion of Lime is an active monastery
located off the city island in the northwestern area of Ayutthaya in Tha Wasukri

It is situated on the north bank of
Khlong Mueang, the old Lopburi River in earlier times.
Wat Phanom Yong and Wat Phrom Niwat lie in its vicinity.

In situ are the classic monastic buildings. The ordination hall and chedi (Th: ubosot)
stands in a northwest-southeast alignment. The structures are surrounded by a wall. The
ubosot in Late Ayutthaya style had a three-tiered roof and two porches. The elevated
front porch has three entries; two small ones and in the middle a large one. The rear
porch has two entries. In between the doors stands a chapel with rather west-European
features. The roof above the porches is supported by two columns. The hall has three
rectangular windows on the longest sides. Behind the hall stands a bell-shaped chedi
surrounded by a low inner wall.

Within the wall surrounding the ubosot and chedi stands a restored library building (Ho
Trai) in which the Buddhist scriptures were kept with well-preserved stucco in a flower
pattern on its pediment.

Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown. The site is
indicated on
Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map drafted in 1926.

The temple housed in earlier years a primary school. It was in this school that Pridi
Banomyong spent his early school period. [1]

Wat Sala Pun is renowned for its beautifully hand-carved wooden Tripitaka cabinet in
which were kept the sacred Buddhist manuscripts, mostly large libretto books made of a
type of thick mulberry paper depicting elaborate scenes from the Jatakas, story of Phra
Malai, the life of the Buddha, etc. These cabinets were either black lacquer with
mother-of-pearl inlay, or carved and painted with gold.

The temple is a second class royal temple of the Maha Nikaya sect and ranked
"worawiharn" (4th grade) following a ranking system for royal temples which was
initiated in 1913. [2]

The site is located in geographical coordinates: 14° 21' 39.87" N, 100° 32' 57.71" E.


[1] Concise autobiography of Nai Pridi Banomyong (1983).
[2] www.dhammathai.org/watthai/listroyalwat1.php retrieved 14 December 2009.
Ubosot - view from the northeast
Text & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - December 2009
Chedi & Library - view from the southwest
Ubosot - view from the east
(Ubosot - view from the northeast)
(Ubosot - view from the east)
(Chedi & Library - view from the southwest)
(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)
Detail of a 19th century map
Detail of Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map - Anno 1926
Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map
(Relief depicting the Bodhi Tree - late 14th till 15th
century - found in Khlong Mueang near Wat Sala Pun
displayed at the Bangkok National Museum)