Just like how Lampang has Phra That Chom Ping and Loei has Phra That Si Song Rak as their provinces’ most revered objects, Chumphon holds the legendary Phra That Sawi that local people believe to be extremely sacred. These relics of the Buddha were discovered at the modern-day Wat Phra Borommathat Sawi over 7 centuries ago.
The chedi that covers Phra That Sawi is 18 meters high and looks like the chedi of Phra Borommathat in Nakhon Si Thammarat but smaller. The reason might be because the person who found these holy relics was the ruler of Nakhon Si Thammarat, King Thammasokkarat. It was when he and his army passed this area that he received a good omen from seeing an albino crow flapping its wings over a brick mound and would not leave no matter how hard his solders tried to chase it away. They later discovered an ancient chedi ruin and a golden urn with the relics below the mound so the king ordered the construction of the new chedi and celebrated it for 7 days and 7 nights.
Before he moved his troop back to Nakhon Si Thammarat, the king was worried that the chedi would be destroyed again so his solder named Mueang volunteered to be its “protector.” With the will to do that, Mueang was decapitated and a shrine was built to honor him near the chedi. Recently the Department of Fine Arts redesigned the “Phra Suea Mueang” shrine to match with the style of the temple. It now looks like a traditional Thai house with ceramic roof and marble floor. People also highly respect this guardian especially the Thai Chinese.
The square-shaped gate around the Phra That chedi is lined up with over 100 Buddha images that people donate to the temple. This shows that other than being the place of worship, Wat Phra Borommathat Sawi also brings the hearts of the Chumphon people together in unity.
From Chumphon, follow Highway No. 41 heading to the South for 36 kilometers. Take a U-Turn under the bridge over the Sawi River and continue for 500 meters. You will see a sign to the temple on the left, follow the road about 200 meters until you reach the destination.