WAT NOI 4 (วัดน้อย)
Wat Noi or the "Small Monastery" is a vanished temple situated on Ayutthaya's city
island outside the
Historical Park in Pratu Chai sub-district.

The monastery is mentioned on a
map drafted in the mid-19th century. On that map, Wat
Noi was situated south of
Wat Pa Sak, at the other side of the road, an extension of
Chinese Street, past
Khlong Pratu Jin. On the map this extension is called Thanon Talat
Jin or the Chinese Market street (Phraya Boran Rachathanin mentions this as a brick
road). The map indicates the presence of a chedi. The temple was situated in between
Khlong Pratu Jin and Khlong Pratu Thep Mi.

Phraya Boran Rachathanin shows a structure called "Tuk Rap Khaek Mueang Farangset"
(ตึกรับแขคเมืองฝรั่งเศส) in the area located between the two canals and below the
brick road. Tuk Rap Khaek Mueang Farangset means literally the "building to receive the
guests of France" and it was the place were the first French Embassy was received. The
building belonged to an influent Persian Minister at that time. (1)

Whether both structures were one and the same will likely remain unknown as the
structure or both structures are lost in time.

Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown.


(1) Guy Tachard wrote: "The King of Siam had ordered a stately House to be built
for the Ambassador; but seeing it was not yet finished, and that there was no delay
to be made because of the Season that pressed his return, Monsieur Constance
went himself and pitched upon the fairest and most commodious House of the
Town, which belonged to a great Mandarin, a Persian by Nation, and had it
splendidly furnished
". [1]


[1] A Relation of the Voyage to Siam - Guy Tachard (1688) - Orchid Press, Bangkok
(1999) - page 148.
Text & map by Tricky Vandenberg - February 2011
(Extract of a mid-19th century map)