Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon or the “Great Monastery of Auspicious Victory” is located off the City Island in the southeastern area at present Tambon Phai Ling. To its east side, just over the moat, there were two small temples situated. They are called Ancient Temple No 1 and 2.
Temple No 1 was located south of Temple No 2. From this temple only a restored bell- shaped chedi remains. The vihara was lost in time. The architectural style of the stupa is from the Middle Ayutthaya period but restored in the Late Ayutthaya era. It is obvious that this chedi had been redone completely by the Fine Arts Department. The chedi is classic with a square platform, a round base, a bell-shaped dome, square harmika and spire.
The historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown.
Text & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - October 2009