Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew

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Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew
วัดป่ามหาเจดีย์แก้ว
Million Bottle Temple (7447377506).jpg
Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew in 2011
Basic information
Geographic coordinates 14°37′07″N 104°25′08″E / 14.618516°N 104.418962°E / 14.618516; 104.418962Coordinates: 14°37′07″N 104°25′08″E / 14.618516°N 104.418962°E / 14.618516; 104.418962
Affiliation Buddhist
District Khun Han
Province Sisaket
Groundbreaking 1984
Completed 1986
Materials Glass bottles

Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew (Thai: วัดป่ามหาเจดีย์แก้ว; rtgsWat Pa Maha Chedi Kaeo, literally Wilderness Temple of the Great Glass Pagoda), also known as the Temple of a Million Bottles, is a Buddhist temple in Khun Han district of Sisaket province, Thailand. The temple is made of over 1.5 million empty Heineken bottles and Chang beer bottles. Collection of the bottles began in 1984; it took two years to build the main temple. Thereafter, the monks continued to expand the site, and by 2009 some 20 buildings had been similarly constructed.

History[edit]

The story of the temple's construction states that the local Buddhist monks were seeking a means to help waste disposal and help the local area lead a greener lifestyle. Through the collection of glass beer bottles, it was decided that they could be used as a construction material.[1] They now continue to build using bottles to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and to keep the bottles out of landfills.[2]

According to the China Daily, “The Thai Buddhist temple has found an environmentally friendly way to utilize discarded bottles to reach nirvana.”[3][4]

Construction[edit]

The main temple is based around a concrete core, with collected bottles used as construction materials. Two types of bottles are used; green Heineken bottles and brown Chang bottles. After the local monks began to collect them in 1984 for use as a building material, the local government sent additional bottles. In addition to the bottles themselves, the bottle caps are used to create mosaics. As of 2009 there were a total of 20 buildings constructed in this fashion; in addition to the temple there were a crematorium, a series of prayer rooms, the local water tower, bathrooms for the use of tourists as well as several raised bungalows which are used as housing for the monks.[5]

The main temple took two years to construct, but as the materials were still available the site is continually expanded.[2] By 2009 there were more than 1.5 million bottles in use in the construction works at the temple site, leading to Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew also being known as the "Temple of a Million Bottles".[5] In 2015, it was named one of the ten leading examples of sustainable architecture by travel website When on Earth.[6]

Parenthetically, 50 years ago the Heineken company looked into changing their bottles so that they could be used as building blocks, a construction material. While nothing came of that, the monks found a way.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "走近看时,才发现建造这座寺庙的材料是多么特别..." (in Chinese). New Tang Dynasty Television. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Jantet, Eudoxie (12 June 2012). "Un million de bouteilles de bière pour bâtir un temple bouddhiste". 20 Minutes (in French). Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple". China Daily. Agencies. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Subprasom, Chaiwat; Wong-Anan, Nopporn; Raybould, Alan, ed.; Fox, David, ed. (21 October 2008). "Buddhist temple builds refuge from refuse". Sisaket, Thailand. Reuters. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Buddhist temple built out of one million beer bottles". The Daily Telegraph. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Shan, Shelley (29 May 2015). "Site names Beitou Library among 'coolest' buildings". Taipei Times. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  7. ^ Alter, Lloyd (27 October 2008). "Buddhist Temple Built from Beer Bottles". Treehugger.com. Retrieved 15 November 2015.