Thursday, May 20, 2010
Bottle Temple in Thailand
According to the article at www.inhabitat.com, there are more than 1.5 million recycled glass bottles in the Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew temple. The temple is in Thailand’s Sisaket province, about 370 miles northeast of Bangkok.
"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."
You can read the full story and see more photos at http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/27/temple-of-a-million-bottles/