WAT CHEDI YOT HAK (วัดเจดีย์ยอดหัก)
Wat Chedi Yot Hak or the "Monastery of the Broken Spire" is located east of Wat
Yai Chai Mongkhon in the southeastern sector of Ayutthaya, outside of the city island.
This deserted monastery is very difficult to find and covered by heavy vegetation. It has
not been fully excavated.

Based on the size of the mound around the monastery, Wat Chedi Yot Hak is
surprisingly large for this area. Its main architectural feature is a chedi tower that has
greatly eroded. The shape suggests a bell-shaped chedi tower from the Middle
Ayutthaya period, but this dating remains uncertain. There are also traces of at least three
smaller chedi and various walls around the monastery. Also, there is evidence of a
former moat around this temple. However, it would be difficult to make claims without
proper excavation.

This monastery has been damaged from seasonal flooding, which is still common in this
area. Evidence suggests that earth walls once passed by this site but were torn down to
create more rice fields. Some researchers have also theorized that the old
Pa Sak River,
or a tributary canal, once passed through this area, leading to some place near
Wat
Phanan Choeng. Wat Chedi Yot Hak might have belonged to this water system.
View of Chedi Yot Hak
View of Chedi Yot Hak
Text by Ken May - December 2008
Photographs & maps by Tricky Vandenberg
Updated April 2014
(View of Chedi Yot Hak)
(View of Chedi Yot Hak)
Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map
(Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map -
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Department - 3th Region)