WAT TAMNAK 2 (วัดตำนัก)
Wat Tamnak is located off the city island in the northern area of Ayutthaya in Suan
Phrik sub-district in an area called before Thung Kaeo.

Thung Kaeo or "field of crystal" is an area north of the city of Ayutthaya bordered on the
west and north by
Khlong Sra Bua; on the east by Khlong Hua Ro and in the south by
Khlong Mueang.

The temple was located on the west bank of the old
Lopburi River, at present along a
stretch of water known as Khlong Hua Ro, just opposite the
Elephant Kraal. Wat
Tamnak is situated in between
Wat Khae (restored ruin), to its
northwest and
Wat Phrao, to its southeast (vanished)

The temple is named after a "
tamnak" a dwelling of royals; a royal or
princely temporary residence. If there was any relation with the elephant kraal is not
known, but Wat Tamnak could have had a function as a resting place for the Ayutthayan
Kings when organizing a large elephant round-up at the kraal.

The large pond on the north is not natural, but has been formed by digging clay for
construction last century. In between the Elephant Kraal and Wat Tamnak, on the
eastern canal bank was situated a
large kiln, which remnants still can be seen.

In situ is a large brick mound covered in vegetation, which is used mainly as a garden by
the neighbouring villagers. There is no brickwork visible anymore, but scattered pieces of
broken Buddha images can still be found around.

Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown.

The site features on 1974, 1993 and 2005 Foreign Arts Department (FAD) maps. On
the 1974 FAD map it is indicated as Wat Rang (วัดร้าง). (1) The vanished temple was
situated in Geo Coord: +14° 22' 28.64" N, +100° 34' 1.12" E.

A monastery with an identical name was located south of the city island in Pak Kran sub-
district in the vicinity of
Wat Phutthai Sawan.


(1) ร้าง - deserted, abandoned, uninhabited. This location on the 1974 FAD map could
possibly refer to Wat Mongkut instead of Wat Tamnak.
Text, maps & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - April 2009
Reviewed September 2011
(View of location of Wat Tamnak)
(View of location of Wat Tamnak)
(View of location of Wat Tamnak)
(Extract of a 1974 Fine Arts Department map -
Courtesy Dr. Surat Lertlum, Chulachomklao Royal
Military Academy)
(Extract of a 1993 Fine Arts Department map -
Courtesy Khun Supot Prommanot, Director of the 3th
Regional Office of Fine Arts)