|WAT YANG (วัดยาง)
|Wat Yang or the Monastery of the Rubber Tree is a defunct temple situated on
Ayutthaya's city island outside the Historical Park in Pratu Chai Sub-district.
The monastery is mentioned on a map drafted in the mid-19th century. On that map, Wat
Yang was situated southwest of Wat Kaeo and Wat Noi Nang Muk (aka Wat Mae
Nang Muk) and northeast of Wat Pa Sak. The map indicates no presence of a chedi or
As Wat Pa Sak and Wat Mae Nang Muk are located on the property of Ayutthaya
Wittayalai School, we could deduct that Wat Yang once must have been standing
somewhere in this area.
Phraya Boran Rachathanin's (PBR) map shows no (unknown) structures in the area
located between the two canals being Khlong Pratu Jin and Khlong Pratu Thep Mi. We
can conclude that either there were no traces anymore from this temple in PBR's period
or that the drafter of the mid-19th century map wrongly indicated the position of this
structure (in fact the mid-19th century map is far from being proportional).
Wat Yang must have been approximately located in geographical coordinates: 14° 21'
3.06" N, 100° 34' 2.14" E.
|Text & maps by Tricky Vandenberg
|(Detail of a 19th century map - map is orientated S-N)