Temple of a Million Bottles: Thailand’s Recycling Wonders of the World

Thailand’s Temple of a Million Bottles has earned its place in the Recycling Wonders of the World.

The Buddhist temple, Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, in the Sisaket area of Thailand near Cambodia, has been constructed using more than 1.5 million recycled glass beer bottles, including green Heineken bottles and brown Chang bottles.

Since 1984, Buddhist monks have been providing a solution to waste in the Sisaket area. In their efforts to promote recycling and to clean up the local environment, the monks called on locals as well as local authorities to bring recycled beer bottles and caps to the temple.

Using mostly green Heineken bottles and brown Chang bottles, the monks began constructing a temple and what now stands today is a complex that includes a crematorium, prayer rooms, water towers, sleeping quarters and toilets.

The main temple is based around a concrete core, with bottles used as construction materials. There’s no part of the beer bottle that goes to waste, as beer bottle caps have also been used to create ornate mosaics and Buddhist designs inside of the temple.

The bottles are said to provide good lighting, they do not fade in colour and are easy to clean.

Construction at the Temple of a Million Bottles still continues today. There are currently more than 20 buildings in the Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew complex. The more bottles brought to the temple, the more the monks will add to the temple complex.

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com

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