|WAT MAI 2 (วัดไม)
|Wat Mai is a defunct temple formerly located on Ayutthaya's city island in present Pratu
Chai Sub-district, in the vicinity of an area formerly called Laem Sarapha.
Following a map of the 19th century, the monastery was situated along the east bank of
Khlong Pratu Jin and south of the road running over the Talat Jin Bridge. The temple
stood west of Wat Sam Jin, a still existing ruin.
Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown. The map indicates
the existence of and northwest of the Ok Kai Fortress.
The temple is mentioned on a 19th century map, but features on no other maps of
Making an assessment off all the monastic structures, in the zone demarcated by Chikun
Rd, Pa Thon Rd, Pridi Banomyong Rd and U-thong Rd is rather difficult, as the position
and name of the structures varies on different maps. On a 19th century map there are 15
structures counted, while on the 20th century PBR map there are 13 mentioned. There is
inconsistence in the names and the positions. Even a map drafted in the 90's by the Fine
Arts Department, what I presume, based on excavations in the zone, shed no light on this
matter. Positions of monastic structures can be asserted, but their ancient names will
remain questioned forever.
Wat Mai should have been located in the vicinity of Geo Coord: 14° 20' 56.90" N, 100°
34' 13.26" E.
|Text & maps by Tricky Vandenberg - November 2010
Updated January 2015
|(Detail of a 19th century map - map is orientated S-N)