WAT TAKHE





Wat Takhe, or the Monastery of the Crocodile, was located on Ayutthaya's city island in the western area in the Pratu Chai Sub-district.


The site is only indicated on a 19th-century map by an unknown surveyor and does not feature on Phraya Boran Rachathanin's (PBR) map drafted in 1926 CE, which shows only empty space in that area.


The monastery was situated on the south bank of a minor canal or ditch longing the Lao Road between the Rear Palace and the Lam Hoei Bridge (1). Wat Takhe stood between Wat Sri Racha and Wat Saek.


There are no traces anymore visible of the monastery above ground level. I presume this area was already cleared of temple ruins before Phraya Boran Rachathanin arrived in Ayutthaya. Phraya Boran (1871-1936 CE) was the Superintendent Commissioner of Monthon Ayutthaya from 1925 till 1929 CE but occupied important functions since 1896 CE in Monthon Ayutthaya.


Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown.


Wat Takhe must have been located in approximative geographical coordinates: 14° 21' 2.17" N, 100° 33' 10.62" E.


Footnotes:


(1) The Lam Hoei Bridge can be found at the crossing of the present Pa Thon Road with Khlong Tho Road over Khlong Pak Tho. The remains of the old bridge are situated under the current bridge. Engelbert Kaempfer indicated the bridge as 'pons illustris' or illustrious (famous) bridge on his sketch made in June 1690 CE.