|WAT PHRA NGAM 3 (วัดพระงาม)
|Wat Phra Ngam or the Monastery of the Beautiful Buddha is located off the city
island in the western area of Ayutthaya in Ban Pom sub-district. The monastery is
situated north of Wat Pom Yai along the Chao Phraya River. The temple can be
accessed via Rd No 3412. It is located on 30 Rai of land.
It is a classic temple consisting of an ordination hall (ubosot), a vihara and a few kuti.
The temple area is prone to inundation as it lies in the western lowlands of Ayutthaya
along the main river.
Its foundation is set around 1557. There is hardly anything known about its history. The
temple was for long time in a bad shape and because of Royal donations the temple
could be renovated in 1971.
Special at this temple are the ancient boundary stones (bai sema) around the ordination
hall and the small chedi in front of the ubosot in which a Bodhi three (Ficus Religiosa) has
nestled. The chedi has four little satellite chedis standing at its corners.
|Text & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - August 2009
Updated February 2014
|(View of the sermon hall or vihara)
|(Buddha images at the temple)
|(Satellite chedi behind the ubosot)
|(Boundary stone of Wat Phra Ngam)