KHLONG YAI
Text & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - March 2014
Khlong Yai or the Large Canal was situated in the northern area of Ayutthaya in the
Phukhao Thong fields
and connected Wat Khok Phraya Ram via a stretch of the Bang
Kaeo River to Hua Laem, the northwestern point of Ayutthaya's city island (1).

The mouth of the today defunct canal stood opposite
Khlong Wat Pom, a canal leading
to
Wat Worachet.

Wat Phukhao Thong stood on its east bank and was on its turn connected to the same
stretch of the Bang Kaeo River.

Khlong Yai was probably part of the
Maha Nak Canal, a canal system built out of
defense purposes.

Footnotes:

(1) This stretch became in the mid-19th century the river bed for the Chao Phraya River,
when the latter was deviated towards Ayutthaya.
Detail of a 1993 Fine Arts Department map
(Detail of a 1993 Fine Arts Department map -
Courtesy Khun Supot Prommanot, Director of the 3th
Regional Office of Fine Arts)
Extract of a municipal map indicating Khlong Yai
(Khlong Yai on a municipal map)