KHLONG CHONG LOM
Text & maps by Tricky Vandenberg - May 2011
Khlong Chong Lom is a short canal situated off the city island in the northern area in
Hua Ro sub-district.

Khlong Chong Lom has been dug in the early 20th century to reduce the whirlpools near
Wat Tong Pu and the Chantra Kasem Palace created by the erosive forces of the (new)
Lopburi River and the
Pa Sak River which were joining near Wat Tong Pu and
confluencing with Khlong Hua Ro (sometimes called the Pho Sam Ton River) in front of
the Chantra Kasem Palace.

The "khlong lat" or short cut canal separated Wat Chong Lom and its immediate vicinities
from the eastern mainland (present Ko Loi)  and created a small islet, called after its
monastery, Ko Chong Lom (Chong Lom Island). [1]

After the digging of the short cut, Phraya Boran Rachathanin wrote that not only the
whirlpools near Wat Tong Pu and the Front Palace reduced, but that also the whirlpools
near
Wat Nang Kham (mouth of Khlong Sai), near the mouth of Khlong Khao San
across of
Wat Suwan, and near Wat Phanan Choeng, for a reason unknown, diminished
in strength. [1]

References:

[1] Wat Monthop (Amphur Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya) - Phayaw Khemnad (2010) -
Fine Arts Department - 3th Region - page 22.
[2] Ibid - page 19.