Wat Kuti Lai is an active monastery located off the city island in the northwestern area of Ayutthaya on the edge of Ban Mai sub-district.
In situ is an ordination hall (Th: ubosot) on an elevated platform with two porches; one porch in the east with two entries and one porch in the west with also two entries, in the classical east-west alignment. The roof is three-tiered and the ubosot has five rectangular windows on the northern and southern sides. We can conclude that the hall is built in the Late Ayutthaya style (1629 - 1767).
The monastic structure is surrounded by a wall (Th: Kamphaeng kaeo or Crystal wall), separating the sacred world within from the secular bustle outside. The wall has four gates with a three redented post, a pointed arch and colorful gable at the four cardinal directions.
Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown. The site is not indicated on Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map drafted in 1926, as the temple is located at the outskirts of Ayutthaya.
Text & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - December 2009