Friday, October 31, 2008

That's A Lot of Bottles...

In Thailand, the Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew Temple was built from one million recycled bottles! They "found a way to bottle-up Nervana, literally." The temple is in Thailand's Sisaket province, about 370 miles northeast of Bangkok. It was nicknamed, "Wat Lan Kuad", Temple of Million Bottles. It features glass bottles throughout the entire temple and grounds, including the crematorium, surrounding shelters, and the toilets too! An estimate of 1.5 million recycled bottles are built into the temple and they are continuing to build with more. They have even used the bottle caps as decoration throughout in mosaics and murals!

This bottle collection that turned into a building started in 1984 when the bottles were used as decoration in shelters by the monks. The shiny feature of the glass attracted more people and donations of more bottles until they had enough to build the temple standing today. The bottle bricks don't fade and let plenty of natural light in, and are surprisingly easy to clean and maintain.

1 comment:

Elisha said...

This is really neat. I beat when the sun is rising in the morning it looks so beautiful coming through the bottles.