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Recycled Temple

recycled temple

It’s one thing to incorporate used materials into your living space, it’s another to completely make it out of them.  The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple in Thailand is an amazing example of just how you really can turn waste into wonder.


Located just about 400 miles northeast of Bangkok, in the Si Saket province the temple is made out of recycled bottles. The monks of the temple used green and brown bottles from around the area, helping to clean up their community, and create a stunning structure. Everything on the temple site, from the crematorium to the toilets, incorporates the bottles, making a space that’s both functional and beautiful.

recycled temple

The recycling doesn’t stop at just bottles. Bottle caps are used to create mosaics of Buddha, adding a recycled touch to even the most well-known of dieties.

recycled temple

The great thing about recycled bottles as decoration — and about 1.5 million have been used in the temple, giving the nickname “Temple of a Million Bottles” — is that the colors don’t fade, giving a timeless color show when the sun shines through. A perfect stop on your next eco trip to Southeast Asia.

recycled temple


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