Visit Most Stunning Temple of Million Bottles in Thailand
The Temple of a Million Bottles (Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew) isn’t your usual Buddhist temple; indeed, it is one of the more unique temples in you’ll find in Thailand. The complex incorporates about 1.5 million recycled glass bottles in its design; glass bottles are even used in the toilets. Mainly green Heineken and brown Chang bottles are used; bottle caps are used to create mosaics. The complex has about 20 buildings, including prayer rooms and a water tower.
In fact, the name understates the reality – as the temple has more than 1.5 million bottles.Those bottles – mainly green and brown of various sizes – have been used to decorate different buildings and structures in the temple, like the arch at its entrance, the main hall, the bell tower, crematorium, parking space, monks’ abodes, and even toilets.
The idea of using bottles to decorate the temple came from its founder, Phra Khru Vivek Dharmajahn, who is better known among his followers as “Luang Pu Lot”. The monk once set up his tent during an austerity trip on foot in a burial ground that houses the temple today.
He found that a lot of bottles were dumped near the area so he decided to use them to decorate the first abode he built inside the temple area in 1984. By using bottles, he could save a lot of money that might otherwise be used for paint or tiles. The monk later managed to collect more bottles from nearby villages to |decorate other structures to be built in his temple.
People who learned about his idea later often brought empty bottles with them when visiting the temple. With a plentiful supply of bottles, the monk managed to construct more buildings and structures.
Bottles are used as decorations in most of the temple’s buildings and structures that are made with concrete. But some structures are constructed mainly with bottles – such as a pavilion built in water that has been made of almost 100,000 bottles of different colours and sizes.The “Temple of a Million Bottles” has now become an important tourist destination in Si Sa Ket.