|WAT SAM JIN 2 (วัดสามจีน)
|Wat Sam Jin or the Monastery of the Three Chinese is located off Ayutthaya's city
island in the northern area in Wat Tum Sub-district, west of Highway # 347.
The monastery features on a 1993, but also on a 2007 Fine Arts Department map. On
the latter map the monastery is called Wat Sam Jan Sang (วัดสามจันสาง) , what could
be roughly translated as the Monastery of the Three Spirits of the Gold Apple Tree.
Wat Sam Jin stood on the west bank of the loop in the Lopburi River around Ban Bang
Khuat, more or less opposite Wat Sam Pratu located on the other river bank. The site
can be accessed via the road running down from Wat Kuti Lai towards Wat Bamrung
In situ is a large brick mound with a somehow strange square chedi. The chedi is broken
and the upper part, I presume, lies a bit further away. The chedi has its entry to the north
east. Some stucco on the cornice is still visible. The inside of the chedi bears traces of
treasure farming, as most ancient sites do.
Some remains of the temple were excavated by the Fine Arts Department (FAD) in Geo
Coord: 14° 23' 46.72" N, 100° 31' 30.28" E (based on 2007 map).
Its historical background and period of construction are unknown.
(1) Diaspyros Decandra.
|Text, maps & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - May 2009
Updated April 2015
|(North east side)
|(Toppled redented spire)
|(Detail of a 1993 Fine Arts Department map -
Courtesy Khun Supot Prommanot, Director of the 3th
Regional Office of Fine Arts)
|(Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map -
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Department - 3th Region)