WAT RACHA PHRUEK (วัดราชพฤษก์)
Wat Racha Phruek or the "Monastery of the Golden Shower Tree" (1) is a vanished
temple formerly located on Ayutthaya's city island outside the
Historical Park in Hua Ro
sub-district.

The monastery was situated on the west bank of
Khlong Senasanaram, just opposite
Wat Senat, the present
Wat Senasanaram. On the northwest side stood Wat Khun Saen.

Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown.

The premises where once stood Wat Racha Phruek are now probably within the
boundaries of Wat Senasanaram.

The temple features on a
map drafted in the mid-19th century and its location is also
indicated on
Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map drafted in 1926 and on a 1974 Fine Arts
Department map, but remains on this two maps unnamed.

Footnotes:

(1) Cassia fistula.
Text & photograph by Tricky Vandenberg - October 2010
Reviewed May 2012
(Extract of a mid-19th century map)
(Extract of Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map drafted
in 1926)
(Extract of a 1974 Fine Arts Department map -
Courtesy Dr. Surat Lertlum, Chulachomklao Royal
Military Academy)