WAT MAKLAM (วัดมะกลำ)
Wat Maklam is located in the Phai Ling area within a sports complex outside of the city
island. The deserted ruin can be found on the outskirts next to a road that encircles the
sports complex. It is difficult to see and covered in heavy vegetation most of the time.
Unfortunately, a great amount of garbage has been dumped on this historic site.

The architectural design consists of two structures. This monastery has been serious
eroded, so it is difficult to make claims without further excavation. One eastern-oriented
sermon hall contains traces of an altar with various stacks of disassembled Buddha
images. A second building can be found behind this, which looks as if its floor has
undergone some restoration. Both structures consist of only the basic foundation and
neither of them have surviving walls. There is not a clear trace of a chedi, but there is a
small mound that may contain the remains of one.

There is no historic record for this monastery; however, the Fine Arts Department lists
other temples within this sports complex as Middle Ayutthaya period constructions.
There is evidence that earth walls once passed through this southeastern area but were
knocked over to make room for rice fields. This could explain Wat Maklam's existence
in such a remote location.

In 1972, construction work was suspended on an extension of an agricultural school in
this area after machinery dug up the remains of at least five temples. It is therefore
interesting to note that virtually all of the buildings in this sports complex were
constructed above the ground without further digging
Site view of Wat Maklam
Brick work in situ
Text by Ken May - May 2009
Photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - December 2008
Extract of a 1993 Fine Arts Department map
Extract of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map
(Site view of Wat Maklam)
(Brick work in situ)
(Extract of a 1993 Fine Arts Department map -
Courtesy Khun Supot Prommanot, Director of the 3th
Regional Office of Fine Arts)
(Extract of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map -
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Department - 3th Region)