Wat Phet Phlee
Currently, WatPhetPhlee enshrines the relics of Lord Buddha’s several body parts, namely canine teeth, halo, and phlegm. There is also a museum displaying Buddha images and artifacts found within the temple premises. The origin of WatPhetPhleeBefore the Nirvana of PhraSona, he suggested Phra Nang Siri NgamTuaDhevi (the queen of Phra Chao Tawantiraj) that PhraPunnapaid a visit to SunaParantaPhipPhleeduring the Buddha’s lifetime. Therefore, a city should be founded here in remembrance of PhraPunna who made Buddhism flourish in this area. Previously, it was when the Buddha was in his 22 year of age that NaiChom (the son of Nai Jun and the brother of PhraPunna) brought Buddhism here. The religion continued for 9 generations until the time of Khun Sri MueangFah and Nang Si Thong On (the parents of Phra-nang Siri NgamTuaDhevi).After Phra Nang Siri NgamTuaDhevi was informed, PhraSona left his bodily existence. 12 days later, Phra Nang Siri NgamTuaDhevi had a city built and named it PhetPhlipPhlee. She also ordered the construction of a temple, known as WatPhlipPhlee, at Ban Mae Kun. It is the location where Nai Jun had 500 monks’ quarters built out of scented wood in order to accommodate the Buddha and his 500 disciples.Once the construction of the temple completed, PhraChaniya (one of the Buddhist missionaries) was invited to mark the boundary of the templeand the ordination hall, as well as give a sermon to locals. In this occasion, there was a group ordination of monks, novices and nuns. Phra Chao Dueang Den Fah was in charge of founding the city and building the temple after his mother. Khom Thong Mueang (the brother of Chao Dueang Den Fah’s mother) became the chief engineer and architect of the city of Suvarnabhumi. The construction of WatPhlipPhlee took place between 272-273 BE and it is also the first temple ever built in Phet city.In fact, the city has existed long before the Buddha’s lifetime. It was established by Khun Kun (the 13th son) and Nang Oun (the 4th daughter of KhunInKhaoKheow and Nang Kwag Thong), but the construction continued until the generation of Pho Klom and Mae Kun (the parents of PhraPunna and Jun Punna). The completion occurred during the time of Nai Jun, the founder of PhlipPhlee. The city has been ruled for 9 generations until the reign of Khun Sri MueangFah who is the father of Phra Nang Siri NgamTuaDhevi, the queenofPhra Chao Tawantiraj. The city is also the birthplace of PhraPunna, Thailand’s first Ehibhikkhuupasampada(meaning: ordained by the Lord Buddha) Arhat.According to the record, Phra Nang Siri NgamTuaDhevidecided to enter a sisterhood on the 5th day of waxing moon in the 8th month of 300 BE. Her preceptor is Phra Yana Jarana. She spent the final phase of her life as a nun called Siri Hassa, until she turned 100 years old. Her cremation took place on the 2nd day of waxing moon in the 1st month of 324 BE. Her ashes are stored at WatPhlipPhlee.