WAT SANGKHA PAT
This deserted temple is located on the city island within the Ayutthaya Historic Park.
It can be easily visited on foot or by bicycle. Motor vehicles are not allowed to access it.
It is surrounded by trees, which makes it a nice shady spot to relax.

There is only one structure in situ at Wat Sangkha Pat. This is a chedi that has been
constructed in a style associated with the Haripunchai or Lanna kingdoms. Its
architecture includes an octagonal base and multiple layers that get smaller as they taper
upward. A number of arched niches showcase standing Buddha images at the upper
level. Some of the images are well-preserved, although the heads are missing. Several of
the niches also show stucco covered columns. There is an arched entrance on the
eastern side. It is hollow, dark, and deep on the inside of the chedi. South of the chedi,
there is a cement block that serves as a platform for the lower portion of a free-standing
Buddha image.

There is little known about the history of Wat Sangkha Pat. Its architectural style
suggests that it was used by people from the northern kingdoms. This monastery was
situated along a road beside Khlong Nam Cheawn - a canal that brought fast moving
water from
Khlong Mueang (the old Lopburi River) to Bueng Phra Ram. The water flow
of this canal was regulated by a gate known as Pratu Tasibiay. A portion of the gate’s
wall can still be seen along U-Thong Road. This canal was aligned with a number of
temples:
Wat Chum Saeng, Wat Langkha Khao, Wat Langkha Dam, Wat Yan Sen, and
Wat Phong.  
Text & photographs by Ken May - August 2009
Addendum

The water flow of Khlong Nam Chiao was not regulated by the gate known as Pratu Tha
Sip Bia (the Gate of the Landing of the Ten Cowries). This gate was a large land gate in
the northern city wall situated near the northeastern corner of the outer wall of
Wat
Thammikarat.

Following Phraya Boran Rachathanin (PBR) the Nam Chiao canal entered the city two
entries further to the east at an entrance called Chong Maha Thera Mai Sae. The canal
aligned with Wat Chum Saeng, Wat Langkha Khao, Wat Langkha Dam, Wat Sangkha
Pat, and Wat Phong mentioned above, was called Lam Khu Pak Sra. [1] This author
believes that the local people could have called the latter Khlong Nam Chiao, but this is
in contradiction with PBR writings.

References:

[1] อธิบายแผนที่พระนครศรีอยุธยากับคำวินิจฉัยของพระยาโบราฌราชาธานินท์
ฉบับชำระครั้งที่๒และภูมิสถนกรุงศรีอยุธยา (2007) - Explanation of the map of the
Capital of Ayutthaya with a ruling of Phraya Boran Rachathanin - Revised 2nd edition
and Geography of the Ayutthaya Kingdom - Ton Chabab print office - Nonthaburi
(2007) - page 53.
Addendum by Tricky Vandenberg - May 2011