|WAT SANGKHA THAE (วัดสังขแท้)
|Wat Sangkha Thae or the Monastery of the True Monkhood is located on the city
island in the southwestern part of Ayutthaya in Pratu Chai Sub-district. The temple is
situated west of Khlong Chakra Yai (an extension of Khlong Tho) in the Somdet Phra
Sri Nakharin Park. In its immediate vicinity are Wat Sangkha Tha and Wat Chedi Yai,
while Wat Jao Phram is located east of it.
Being part of the Somdet Phra Sri Nakharin Park the ruin has been restored by the Fine
Arts Department. On site is the foundation of a vihara with a junk-shaped base, typical
for the Late Ayutthaya style (1629 - 1767 AD), without any trace of a chedi. Three
other monastic structures are also in situ: a vihara and an ubosot from a site called Wat
Sangkha Tha and a bell or drum tower. The whole complex is surrounded by a moat.
Only a path on its eastern side leads to the site. I presume that all buildings were part of
one single monastery, although on the maps of Phraya Boran Rachathanin (1926) and
the Fine Arts Department (1993/2007) they are indicated as separated entities.
The historical background and period of construction of this monastic structure are
The restored ruin of Wat Sangkha Thae is located in geographical coordinates: 14° 20'
42.29" N, 100° 33' 11.54" E.
|Text, maps & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - May 2009
Updated May 2015
|(View from the south)
|(View from the east)
|(View of the bell tower)
|(Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map -
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Department - 3th Region)
|(Detail of Phraya Boran Rachathanin's map - Anno