Gallery: Thai Temple Built From One Million Recycled Bottles


The Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew temple has found a way to bottle-up Nirvana, literally. The temple, which sits in Thailand’s Sisaket province, roughly 370 miles northeast of Bangkok is made of more than a million recycled glass bottles. True to its nickname, “Wat Lan Kuad” or “Temple of Million Bottles” features glass bottles throughout the premises of the temple, including the crematorium, surrounding shelters, and yes – even the toilets. There’s an estimated 1.5 million recycled bottles built into the temple, and as you might have guessed, they are committed to recycling more. After all, the more bottles they get, the more buildings they are able to construct.

The bottle-collection-turned-building started in 1984, when the monks used them to decorate their shelters. The shiny building material attracted more people to donate more bottles, until eventually they had enough to build the temple standing today. Bottle caps are also integrated as decorative mosaic murals. Going beyond use of glass as a sustainable building material, the bottle bricks don’t fade, let natural light into the space and are surprisingly easy to maintain. So if you’re looking to find Nirvana in a bottle, you might want to consider making a stop at the Wat Pa Maha Kaew Temple.

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  1. Laurent Jardin October 30, 2014 at 5:12 am

    This would get soooo vandalized over here.

  2. Milieunet November 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    See this video:

  3. lazyreader February 18, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I *hiccup* would like 2 dedikate dis temple *hiccup* to the peeple of Tie-land. *BURRRRRRRRRRRRRPP***

  4. Deepa nebb October 6, 2010 at 12:48 am

    visiting bangkok in oct will be at Kohchang …can we visit this temple enroute Bkk to kohchang . Please advise Thanx .
    Deepa nebb

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  6. keykaver June 11, 2010 at 11:42 am

    don’t do this near forest !!!

  7. thaimerits October 12, 2009 at 3:09 am

    good site . i like it.

  8. jayjay38 February 13, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    How can I obtain copies of these glorious pictures? I will be glad to pay. Thanks. Joe

  9. Tombo November 24, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Wow, that is absolutely amazing!
    I hope to visit it one day.

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  11. chalcosoma November 1, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Juliebootie – what province is it in? I’d like to visit it .

  12. sugunachand October 31, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Wonderful designing – the word \’recycling\’ may not apply for this since bottles are used \’as it is\’.
    Very nice.

  13. judiebootie October 29, 2008 at 11:48 am

    i have also been to this temple…its amazing!

  14. richylangley October 29, 2008 at 9:37 am


  15. ThaiMed October 29, 2008 at 3:50 am

    I have actually been to this temple in and it is amazing how many bottles are used. The designer came up with a great concept that I am sure is bringing in plenty of donations!

  16. hairyconiption October 29, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Wow, That is cool. I can see a whole new revolution in building, Instead of a staw bales house I am totally building a glass bottle bale house. What happens if one breaks?

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  18. ClusterAble October 28, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Wow, that is truly amazing. These idiot corporations try to cut the bottom line, but at the customers expense! What a joke!


  19. dave022 October 28, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Nice to know of this. I live in Thailand myself, and I never even heard of this temple.

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