Temple of Million Bottles, in Thailand

October 29, 2008 / No Comments

The Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew temple in Thailand’s Sisaket province about 370 miles to the north east of Bangkok, is known as “Wat Lan Kuad” which means the Temple of Million Bottles.

Temple of Million Bottles in Thailand 1 Temple of Million Bottles, in Thailand

It’s a great example of recycling went right with all the temple premises, the crematorium, the surrounding shelters as well as the toilets – all made of recycled glass bottles. And don’t think they threw out those used bottle caps. No sir! A beautiful mosaic work stands proud on the walls …

The process of collecting these green and brown coloured glass bottles started in 1984 when the monks began building shelters out of them. The result? The shiny glass managed to attract more and more people which not only visited the place but also started donating more bottles.

Structure after structure, bottle after bottle, the temple as you see it today, uses 1.5million used bottles as sustainable building material, do not fade, allows natural light to penetrate through and is easy maintenance. Kudos for the Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew monks for their incredible temple made of bottles. – via Inhabitat