Wat Dawadung (1), or the Monastery of the Heaven of Indra, is a commemoration pavilion located off the city island in the northwestern area of Ayutthaya in the Phukhao Thong Sub-district - Mu 4. It is situated near the crossing of the road which follows the Chao Phraya River and Road No 347 (Pa Mok - Bang Pa-In).

Based on an explanation by the locals, the monastery stood opposite the site of the pavilion, in a location which is now used by Buddhist nuns (Samnak Mae Chi Dawadung).

The Buddha images apparently have been moved opposite the road.

Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown.

The site is not indicated on Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map drafted in 1926 CE.

The site is in geographical coordinates: 14° 22' 15.59" N, 100° 31' 42.03" E.


(1) The Traiphum or the "Three Worlds" consists of the Immaterial World, the Fine Material World and the Sensuous World. The latter consists of eleven realms, dominated by the five senses. Four realms are states of deprivation (which include the animal and hell realms - the underworld), one is the world we presently live in (human beings), and six are happy destinations - the dewa heavens. Dawadungsa is the second tier of the dewa heavens, reckoned from the earth. Dawadungsa was located above the peak of Mount Meru (Phra Sumeru), the centre of the universe. In the Dawadungsa Heaven is the palace of Indra (Wechaiyanta), where Indra resides and where the Kalpa trees flourish (Th: Kamaphruk), whose branches furnish everything that the angels can desire.


[1] Alabaster, Henry (1871). The Wheel of The Law. London: Trubner & Co. pp. 82, 171.