KHLONG WAT PHRAO (คลองวัดมะพร้าว)
Text, map & photograph by Tricky Vandenberg - September 2011
Khlong Wat Phrao is a defunct canal situated off the city island in the northern area of
Ayutthaya in Hua Ro sub-district.

The word "phrao" (พร้าว) is derived from "maphrao" (มะพร้าว) or coconut. (1) The
canal could have been referred to as Khlong Maphrao or Coconut canal.

Khlong Wat Phrao was a small side canal - straight across
Wat Sam Vihan, where the
river bank protruded a lot. [1] The canal led to the old
Lopburi River, a stretch called at
present
Khlong Hua Ro.

Wat Phrao was situated along its canal bank and a market called Talat Wat Phrao, was
held nearby. [2]

Witness of the existence of this former canal remains engraved in the denomination of the
area called "Ban Khlong Wat Phrao".

In this area Brahman Indians and Thais fabricated and sold scented powder and oil,
scented water, incense sticks and perfumery.

The canal features only on
Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map drafted in 1926.

Footnotes:

(1) In Ref [1] we find the temple is called Wat Maphrao
(ตลาควัดมะพร้าวริมบ้านญวนทะเล).

Reference:

[1] อธิบายแผนที่พระนครศรีอยุธยากับคำวินิจฉัยของพระยาโบราฌราชาธานินท์
ฉบับชำระครั้งที่๒และภูมิสถนกรุงศรีอยุธยา (2007) - Explanation of the map of the
Capital of Ayutthaya with a ruling of Phraya Boran Rachathanin - Revised 2nd
edition and Geography of the Ayutthaya Kingdom - Ton Chabab print office -
Nonthaburi (2007) - page 97.

[2] พรรณนาภูมิสถาน พระนครศรีอยุธยา เอกสารจากหอหลวง
(ฉบับความสมบูรฌ์) - Geographical description of Ayutthaya: Documents from the
palace - Dr Vinai Pongsripian - Bangkok (2007) - page 86/87.
(Ban Khlong Wat Phrao)
(Extract of Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map drafted
in 1926)