Wat Prannok  
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 Description:   Whenever the name “Wat Prannok” is mentioned, many probably think of the temple on Thonburi side of Bangkok. Yet the homophonous temple in Ayutthaya was built in remembrance of Prannok (bird hunter) and its historical significance. The temple was believed to be constructed in the Late Ayutthaya era around 1757. At present, it is in Pho Sao Han subdistrict, Uthai district, Ayutthaya province.

 According to legends, there was a highly-skilled huntsman named “Pran Thongkam” who earned his living from hunting animals like birds and rodents. When Phraya Wachira Prakarn (or Somdet Phrachao Taksin Maharat) paid a visit to the  made temple, this huntsman volunteered to provide provisions for the army troop. One day as Pran Thongkam was hunting at Thung Sanghan, he could spot an army of 500 Burmese soldiers. He then quickly made his way back to inform Phraya Wachira Prakarn. This resulted in the triumph over the Burmese, so the huntsman was appointed as the chief of Supply and Procurement Division. Phraya Wachira Prakarn had a preference to refer to the hunter as Prannok, rather than Pran Thongkam, and subsequently the temple was given the name after the huntsman’s designated nickname.

The royal monument of Somdet Phrachao Taksin Maharat and the monument of Prannok stand within the temple compounds in remembrance of their bravery. In the Late Ayutthaya era, the city of Ayutthaya was besieged by Burmese army troops led by Lord Mangra, king of the Burmese, so Somdet Phrachao Taksin Maharat managed to recruit 500 subjects to break through the army line at Wat Pichai, Ban Thanu, Ban Khao Mao, and Ban Sao Pho Han before staying over at Wat Prannok.  Eventually, Somdet Phrachao Taksin Maharat could restore independence for the Siamese. Therefore townspeople of Prannok joined together in erecting the monument to commemorate this historical event for future generations. It is an equestrian statue of Somdet Phrachao Taksin Maharat surrounded by his 4 trusted aides-de-camp, namely Luang Pichai Asa, Luang Prom-sena, Khun Apai Phakdee, and Meun Raj-saneha from the Calvary Division. The monument was completed on 4 January 1991 and situated at Uthai subdistrict, Ayutthaya province since then.
 Province   Ayutthaya  Direction:      
 District   Uthai     
 City   Pho Sao Han  Comments:    Official Web:    
 Genre   Temple      Related links:      
 Best exposure   Afternoon          
 Opening time   n/a          
 Entry fee   Free     GPS :   14.35601, 100.77946    
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