WAT RANG 1 (วัดร้าง)
Wat Rang is located off the main island, on the western side of the city (slightly east of
Wat Krachai). It can be found inside a small forest that is surrounded by rice fields.

A single house can be seen close by, which serves as a landmark for finding the
abandoned temple. A large spirit house (see photo) can be used as a second marker for
locating it. Wat Rang is very difficult to find because there aren’t any roads leading to it.
There are many poisonous snakes in the vicinity, so use caution when trying to find it.

There is one primary structure in situ at Wat Rang. This brick mound appears to be the
remnants of a small preaching hall. Some pieces of Buddha images can be seen scattered
around the site, and a large number of red bricks are clearly visible. There is a second
upraised hill in situ, one that is heavily concealed by vegetation, which could possibly be a
small collapsed chedi or other structure. However, more excavations are necessary
before making accurate claims about this monastery.  

The history of War Rang is unclear, but the temples in this area tend to be associated with
warfare. Royal Chronicles state that Burmese troops advanced forward and established
stockades at the
Monastery of the Krachai plant, the Monastery of the Victory Pavilion,
Monastery of the Tortoise (Stove), the Monastery of God Indra, and the Monastery
of Red (Cushman 512). The Burmese build bastions in each of these stockades and used
them to fire on the capital with large and small guns.

Note: Wat Rang refers to the deserted state of the monastery. However, its original name
is unknown. One can reasonable speculate if it was named in the above list from the
Royal Chronicles.
Text & photographs by Ken May - Aug 2009
Maps by Tricky Vandenberg - April 2015
View of the site at sunset
Fragmented pieces of a Buddha statue
Brick and tile remnants in situ
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)
(View of the site at sunset)
(Brick and tile remnants in situ)
(Broken pieces of a Buddha statue)