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Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew

20 November, 2008 (05:00) | architecture/public, contemporary, southeast asia | By: xensen

The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew is a Buddhist temple in Tailand that is constructed of beer bottles; it is located in Sisaket province. The temple is said to employ a million bottles in its construction. Not just a masterpiece of recycling, it is also a functioning Buddhist temple.

This photo is from Reuters:

monk in buddhist temple made of beer bottles

Here’s a full view of the temple, via Travel Happy:

thai beer bottle temple

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Time: February 18, 2009, 9:43 am

[…] (via) The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew is a Buddhist temple in Thailand that is constructed of beer bottles; it is located in Sisaket province. The temple is said to employ a million bottles in its construction. Not just a masterpiece of recycling, it is also a functioning Buddhist temple. […]

Comment from New Spokane Condos
Time: June 4, 2010, 4:46 pm

Wow this is interesting not just from a recycling standpoint—its amazing that an entire building could be made from beer bottles–but I had no idea that new buddhist temples were being built. I guess its pretty logical, churches get built all the time why not temples but I never really thought of it like that. I wonder what Buddhism’s stance on alcohol is. It might be ironic that the temples built from beer bottles. Its beautiful nonetheless.

Comment from chris
Time: October 21, 2010, 11:03 am

Representing the cleansing of the human mind, the beer-bottle-temple is now on an approved list of eco-friendly sightseeing tours in South-East Asia. That is recycled at its best!

Comment from jim
Time: November 3, 2010, 7:35 pm

This creative structure would always remind its visitors about the magnitude of contamination these bottles would otherwise cause and also the fact that one doesn’t need to be a professional to make something so beautiful and eco-friendly. Even the toilets, the water tower, tourist bathrooms and crematorium of this temple are made of bottles. The monks and the locals who have helped them build this stunning temple should be appreciated for their concern for nature.