Wat Sawang Arom or the "Monastery of the Enlightened State of Mind" is located off
the city island along the
Lopburi River in the northern area of Ayutthaya. It is situated in
Suan Prik sub-district along the road leading from the
Elephant Kraal towards the Asian

In situ is an old vihara and ordination hall. The vihara is rather small and has an inner and
an outer wall. The outer wall has four gates with pointed ornamented arches at the
cardinal points and massive (sala-like) decorated buttresses at the corners, which makes
it rare. The gates have porticoes on their inner and outer sides. The inner wall is nicely
decorated with lotus shaped holes to insert candles.

The temple is in use by the Buddhist clergy. Historical data about the monastery and its
construction is unknown.

The site is mentioned on a Fine Arts Department map drafted in 1993 but is not
indicated on
Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map of 1926.
Text & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - May 2009