WAT YAK (วัดยักษ์)
Text, maps & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg
Updated March 2016
Warehouse with traces of Wat Yak within
Warehouse with traces of Wat Yak within
(Warehouse with traces of Wat Yak within)
(Warehouse with traces of Wat Yak within)
Wat Yak or the Monastery of the Yaksha (1) is a defunct Buddhist monastery situated
off Ayutthaya city island in the eastern area in Phai Ling Sub-district. The site is located
north of
Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, east of Wat Khanun (defunct) and south of Wat Rerai
(defunct).

The monastery was located on a site were today stands an old rusty warehouse. A brick
chedi can be seen on its premises.

The remnants of Wat Yak are situated in geographical coordinates: 14° 20' 57.47" N,
100° 35' 33.46" E.

Footnotes:

(1) Genii Yah, or Yakkhas - A kind of demon, represented in Siamese temples as
enormous and horrible, though somewhat human in form. They are not absolutely evil, for
Buddha himself passed through the state of Yak, whilst on his transmigrating journey
towards perfection. They are often associated with the angels [Kumphan angels], but are
more often represented as of evil than of good  disposition. [1]

References:

[1] The Weel of the Law - Henry Alabaster  (1871) - Trubner & Co, London - page
178.
View of the base of the chedi on the premises
(View of the base of the chedi on the premises)
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)