Nestled in crowded grounds next to a parking lot near Chinatown, there’s a temple known for its unique permanent residents other than the monks
By Morgan Thanarojpradit
FROM the outside, Wat Chakrawat could be another temple that disappeared into the background but few realise how truly unique and ancient this temple really is.
The legend of the one-eyed croc
WHEN Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam, there were many crocodiles living along both sides of Chao Phraya River.
One infamous crocodile is the man-eating beast people dubbed, ‘Ai-bod’ (One-eyed in Thai). Famous for terrorising the people living along both sides of the river, this crocodile was known to hunt as far as Saphan Phut, killing many in his wake. Finally, the men went on a hunt for the beast. They chased him into Wat Chakrawat (known as Wat Sam Pluem at the time) and found it hiding under one of the monk’s houses.
The Crocodile Temple (Wat Chakrawat)