WAT KHON (วัดโขน)
Text & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - July 2009
Review April 2011, April 2013
(Wat Lanthom Yai on a mid-19th century map)
(Wat Khon on a begin-20th century map)
Wat Khon or the “Monastery of the Masked Play” is located on Ayutthaya's city island
in the southwestern area in Pratu Chai sub-district, northwest of the
Somdet Phra Sri
Nakharin Park. The site is part of the Ayutthaya Historical Park.

The monastery is named after the "Khon", a type of Thai drama; a mask play which
repertoire is drawn from the Ramakien (Ramayana).

Phraya Boran Rachathanin (PBR) positions Wat Khon on his
1926 map of Ayutthaya
east of
Wat Cho on the south bank of Khlong Tha Phra (also called as Khlong Klaep).

A 2007 Fine Arts Department (FAD) map based on conducted excavations in the area,
indicates Wat Khon (but with the name Wat Jon - วัดโจน) in an identical position as
PBR does.

On a
mid-19th century map this location is denominated as Wat Lanthom Yai
(วัดลั่นทมใหญ่). (1) This old map indicates Wat Khon south of Wat Cho; even below
Wat Maha Saman.

Historical data about the monastery and its construction is unknown.

The site is located in Geo Coord: +14° 20' 44.48" N, +100° 32' 49.74" E.

Why the denomination on the 19thC map being Wat Lanthom Yai has been altered by
PBR more than 50 years later into Wat Khon remains a question. On the 1993 Fine Arts
Department [FAD] map we find the location mentioned as Wat Jon. The same
denomination is repeated on the 2007 FAD GIS map. If not a repeated mistake in
writing, the same question can be asked here.

Footnotes:

(1) ลั่นทม  = Frangipani, Nosegay or Pagoda Tree. Scientific name: Plumeria Rubra.
Wat Lanthom Yai = the Large Monastery of the Frangipani Tree.
(Wat Khon on a 2007 FAD GIS map)