Luang Pu Tuat Monk (Phra Ko) is well known amongst Thais due to his supernatural power and his intelligence.
Luang Pu Tuat Monk was a real person. He was born in a poor family at SuanchanVillage, Chumporn, in the late of Thammaracha reign during Ayutthaya period. Although his parents were poor, he was born with meritorious deeds. When he was a baby, one day a huge snake came and twisted itself around his cradle. The snake prevented anybody who came near the cradle. His parents suspected that the snake was an angel that transformed himself to the snake to protect the baby. The parents, then, paid respect to that snake. Miraculously, the snake crawled slowly away from the baby and disappeared. His parents believed that this unexplainable event was a sign, showing that special baby was already born. Due to Luang Pu Tuat Monk’s great contribution to others, his family status had continuously been better. The following is the story of the origin of one of Luang Pu Tuat Monk’s nicknames “Luang Pu Tuat Monk steps on tasteless sea”.
Luang Pu Tuat Monk, at the age of 80, resided at Wat Pha Ko. One day while he was strolling along the sea, Chinese pirates caught him and took him to the sea with them. Not so long after the pirates’ ship took off, it stopped unexplainable in the middle of the sea. The pirates felt desperately after they tried to move the ship several times. The ship floated in the sea for days. Finally, the ship ran out of food supply and freshwater and the crews suffered from dehydrating. When Luang Pu Tuat Monk saw that, he put his feet into the sea for a while and told the crews to taste the seawater. The crews tasted the seawater. Miraculously, the seawater was tasteless, no longer salted. The Chinese pirates wondered the miracle and were scared of Luang Pu Tuat Monk. As a result, the pirates asked for forgiveness and send Luang Pu Tuat Monk ashore. After that, he was named “Luang Pu Tuat Monk steps on tasteless sea”.