WAT KRATOE (วัดกระเต่อ)
Text & maps by Tricky Vandenberg - August 2011
Updated June 2014
(Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map -
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Department - 3th Region)
Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map
Wat Kratoe was located off the city island in the southern area of Ayutthaya in
Samphao Lom Sub-district. (1)

The monastery stood south of
Wat Phutthaisawan and more or less opposite Wat

There are no traces anymore visible of the monastery above ground level.

Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown.

Wat Kratoe stood in the vicinity of
Oil press Village where sesame oil and "luk mai" oil
(2) was extracted and sold. [1]

Remains of the temple were excavated by the Fine Arts Department (FAD) in
geographical coordinates: 14° 20' 16.05" N, 100° 33' 27.53" E.


(1) Literally the sub-district of the capsized junk.
(2) "Luk mai" oil also called "Samrong" oil was made from the "Sterculia foetida"; a type
of chestnut, also called bastard poon tree, hazel sterculia, or wild almond. [1]


[1] Chris Baker - Before Ayutthaya Fell: Economic Life in an Industrious Society.
Markets and Production in the City of Ayutthaya before 1767: Translation and Analysis
of Part of the Description of Ayutthaya - Journal of the Siam Society, Vol. 99, 2011 -
page 53 footnote 36 and page 56.