WAT PHO PHUEAK 1
Wat Pho Phueak is located in the Phai Ling area near Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon within
the boundaries of a modern sports complex. This deserted monastery can be easily seen
from the main entrance. A monument to the father of Thai Boxing stands in front of it.

This main architectural feature of this ruin is a small sermon hall (vihan). It has been
restored by the Fine Arts Department and the two sidewalls of the temple still stand. The
floor and basic foundation of the sermon hall have also been restored. Traces of an outer
wall can also be seen, but there are no remains of a former chedi.

There is no historic record for when this monastery was built; however, there is evidence
that earth walls once passed through this southeastern area but were knocked over to
make room for rice fields.

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.
Text by Ken May - December 2008