|WAT KHIAN 2 (วัดเขียน)
|Wat Khian or the Monastery of the Writing (1) was located off the city island in the
eastern area of Ayutthaya in present Hua Ro sub-district.
Its historical background and period of construction are unknown.
No visible traces remaining at ground level. The remnants of this temple disappeared
probably during the construction of the railway and the adjacent road No 3053 at the
end of the 19th century.
The monastery is only indicated on a 1974 and 1993 Fine Arts Department map. On the
1974 map the temple was indicated as Wat Khi Mu (วัดชี้หมู ) and later corrected in
Wat Khian (วัดเขิยน) . The position of this temple differ a bit on the maps. The 1974
map indicates the temple as part of the triangle Wat Krajom - Wat Khi Mu - Wat Nang
Chi, while the 1993 map positions it in the triangle Wat Nang Kham - Wat Khian - Wat
Wat Khian must have been approximately situated in Geo Coord: 14° 21' 49.74" N,
100° 34' 55.70" E.
(1) Khian (เขียน), translated meaning "writing", was sometimes given in Siam as a
nickname to a person. Monasteries were often named after their establishers or sponsors.
The monastery here could eventually be named after its sponsor.
|Text & maps by Tricky Vandenberg - February 2009
Updated July 2011, June 2014
|(Detail of a 1974 Fine Arts Department map -
Courtesy Dr. Surat Lertlum, Chulachomklao Royal
|Courtesy Khun Supot Prommanot, Director of the 3th
Regional Office of Fine Arts)