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

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Life & Soul Magazine

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…

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