Saturday, 28 November 2009

The Thai Buddhist temple made from one million beer bottles

A temple has been built by monks in northeast Thailand who used over a million recycled beer bottles to make the walls and roof.

Buddhist monks have recycled over one million used bottles to build their temple in Khun Han, Thailand near the Cambodian border

Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew or 'the Temple of a Million Bottles', is in Sisaket province close to the Cambodian border and 400 miles from the capital Bangkok.

The Buddhist monks began collecting bottles in 1984 and soon had so many that they decided to use them to build a temple in Thai ‘wat’. The local authorities and community sent them many more so they now have more than 20 buildings in the temple compound.

A concrete central core strengthens the framework of the building with green bottles coming from Heineken and the brown ones are the local Thai beer Beer Chang. The mosaics of the Buddha are created with recycled beer bottle caps.

In total there are over 1.5 million bottles in the temple, and the monks at the temple are intending to reuse even more.

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