WAT PHO PHUEAK 1 (วัดโพธิเผือก)
Wat Pho Phueak is located in the Phai Ling area near Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon within
the boundaries of a modern sports complex. This deserted monastery can be easily seen
from the main entrance. A monument to the father of Thai Boxing stands in front of it.

This main architectural feature of this ruin is a small sermon hall (vihara). It has been
restored by the Fine Arts Department and the two sidewalls of the temple still stand. The
floor and basic foundation of the sermon hall have also been restored. Traces of an outer
wall can also be seen, but there are no remains of a former chedi.

There is no historic record for when this monastery was built; however, there is evidence
that earth walls once passed through this southeastern area but were knocked over to
make room for rice fields.

In 1972, construction work was suspended on an extension of an agricultural school in
this area after machinery dug up the remains of at least five temples. It is therefore
interesting to note that virtually all of the buildings in this sports complex were
constructed above the ground without further digging.
View of the ruin of Wat Pho Phueak
View of the ruin of Wat Pho Phueak
Text by Ken May - December 2008
(View of the ruin of Wat Pho Phueak)
(View of the ruin of Wat Pho Phueak)
Detail of a 1993 Fine Arts Department map
(Detail of a 1993 Fine Arts Department map - Courtesy
Khun Supot Prommanot, Director of the 3th Regional
Office of Fine Arts)

Wat Pho Phueak or the Monastery of the White Bodhi Tree is at present only a ruin
of single building, being prior a prayer hall. The vihara was aligned on an east-west axis
and built with bricks and mortar. It had as usual a rectangular shape. The structure was
8.80 meters wide and 14.90 meters long.

Wat Pho Phueak is situated on the West - East axis Wat Dusit - Wat Rerai - Wat Khok
Phra Non - Wat Pho Phuaek - Wat Fai Mai.

Based on an interview with Khun Chin near
Wat Wihan Satru on 16 March 2016, Wat
Pho Phueak is not the original name of this site. Wat Pho Phueak was in fact the site
today called
Wat Maklam.

The ruins of Wat Pho Phueak are located in geographical coordinates: 14° 21' 3.53" N,
100° 35' 50.22" E.
Addendum, photographs & maps by Tricky Vandenberg
Last update March 2016