WAT THA KHLONG 2 (วัดท่าขลอง)
Text & maps by Tricky Vandenberg - July 2010
Updated August 2011, October 2013, October 2015
Wat Tha Khlong or Monastery of the Landing of the Herd of Elephants
was located off the city island in the northern area of Ayutthaya in Hua Ro Sub-district.

The monastery features on
Phraya Boran Rachathanin's 1926 map, and on a 1957 and
1974 Fine Arts Department map. On the latter map the monastery is denominated Wat
Tha Phlong (วัดท่าโพลง).

The monastery was situated above  the north bank of the old
Lopburi River, presently
called
Khlong Mueang or city canal, and west of Wat Mae Nang Plum, located near the
village Ban Hua Ro. Following above mentioned maps, Wat Tha Khlong was pinched in
between
Wat Vihan Thong and Wat Mae Nang Plum.

In the 16th century, prior the extension of Ayutthaya's city wall, elephants were kept in an
area between
Wat Song and Wat Khun Saen. Whether or not Tha Khlong had a relation
with this, is unknown.

Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown.

In the manuscript
Testimony of the king from Wat Pradu Songtham, a document
likely compiled in the Early Ratanakosin period, is written that there was a land market in
Iron Village at Tha Khlong (Herd Landing). At the village braziers for forging iron nails
and cramps, large and small, were sold. [1][2][3]

Some remains of a temple were excavated by the Fine Arts Department (FAD) in
geographical coordinates: 14° 22' 2.34" N, 100° 34' 1.15" E and called Wat Rang 8. I
presume the site could be the former location of Wat Tha Khlong.

References:

[1] Geographical description of Ayutthaya: Documents from the palace - Dr Winai
Pongsripian - Bangkok (2007).
[2] Note on the Testimonies and the Description of Ayutthaya - Chris Baker - Journal of
the Siam Society, Vol. 99, 2011 - page 77 (paragraph on KWPS).
[3] Markets and Production in the City of Ayutthaya before 1767: Translation and
Analysis of Part of the Description of Ayutthaya - Chris Baker - Journal of the Siam
Society, Vol. 99, 2011- page 52-4.
Detail of Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map - Anno 1926
Detail of a 1974 Fine Arts Department map
(Detail of Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map - Anno
1926)
(Detail of a 1974 Fine Arts Department map -
Courtesy Dr. Surat Lertlum, Chulachomklao Royal
Military Academy)
Detail of a 1957 Fine Arts Department map
(Detail of a 1957 Fine Arts Department map)
Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map
(Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map -
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Department - 3th Region)