WAT KHOK SUEA





Wat Khok Suea, or the Monastery of the Mound of the Tiger, is a defunct temple located on Ayutthaya's city island in the present Pratu Chai Sub-district.


Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown.


Wat Khok Suea on the maps:


Based on a map of the 19th century by an unknown surveyor, the monastery was situated along the east bank of Khlong Pratu Jin (1). Wat Sao Ching Cha (defunct) stood to its north and Wat Khok Saeng (defunct) to its south. The 19th-century map indicates the existence of a chedi.


The temple is not mentioned on Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map drafted in 1926 CE.


Assessing all the monastic structures in the zone demarcated by Chikun Road, Pa Thon Road, Pridi Banomyong Road and U-Thong Road is rather complex, as the position and name of the structures vary on different maps. On a 19th-century map, there are 15 structures counted, while on the 20th-century PBR map, there are 13 mentioned. There is inconsistency in the names and the positions. Even maps drafted by the Fine Arts Department, what I presume, based on excavations in the zone, shed no light on this matter. The positions of monastic structures can be asserted, but their ancient names will remain questioned forever.


Wat Khok Suea was likely located near geographical coordinates: 14° 21' 8.73" N, 100° 34' 12.33" E.


Footnotes:


(1) Khlong Pratu Jin, or the Canal of the Chinese Gate, is part of a waterway running through the middle of Ayutthaya from north to south. The canal ran from the Chikun Bridge to the Chinese water gate (Pratu Jin), one of the eleven water gates at that time and was an extension of Khlong Pratu Khao Pluak. The canal was a shortcut through the oxbow of the Lopburi River and connected the old Lopburi River, present Khlong Mueang in the north with - what is today - the Chao Phraya River in the south. The canal could have been the eastern defence moat of the initial city.