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The Million Bottle Temple

This is the beautiful Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, better known as the Million Bottle Temple. From far away, this Buddhist temple looks a beautiful jade structure on a serene lake. It rests near the Cambodian border in the Sisaket province of Thailand, and has served the community of Khun Han since ground was broken in 1984.



The main building at Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew, more commonly know as "The Million Bottle Temple" or "Wat Lan Kuad" in Thai.  This Buddhist temple about 300 miles from Bangkok is decorated with more than a million recycled bottles.

The main building at Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew, more commonly know as “The Million Bottle Temple” or “Wat Lan Kuad” in Thai. This Buddhist temple about 300 miles from Bangkok is decorated with more than a million recycled bottles.

The main building at Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew, more commonly know as “The Million Bottle Temple” or “Wat Lan Kuad” in Thai. This Buddhist temple about 300 miles from Bangkok is decorated with more than a million recycled bottles.

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In the eighties, a local monk and his followers noticed a mounting litter problem in the area. With the idea of promoting a healthier, litter-free community, the group started the Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew. The locals brought monks recyclable bottles, which were used to build every part of the temple.


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Everything inside and outside the temple is made using recycled beer bottles. The place is littered with bottles (in the non-polluting sort of way). The temple also features religious decorations and dioramas made from bottle caps, further stretching the monks’ given materials.

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The Million Bottle Temple expanded over the years to include sleeping quarters, working bathrooms, and a crematorium. The temple is still under construction, as bottles are continuously added in the hopes of building even more parts of the temple.



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