Beer Bottle Temple in Thailand

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Liaison Sharon Saw, sent me the photos below of a temple made out of beer bottles! It’s located about 400 miles North-East of Bangkok (Thailand) in the city of Khun Han. It’s very close to the Cambodian border.

This temple is called “Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew Temple” and the monks in this temple spent about 25 years building it out of 1.5 million beer bottles. Their initial idea was to clean up the beer bottle pollution…but through this environmentally friendly way of utilizing discarded bottles it turned out to be quite a piece of unique architecture! They started this building project in 1984, and it is (still) now the only temple in the world made out of beer bottles.

The monks helped to clean up the local pollution of Heineken and Chang (local beer!) beer bottles. You can see from the photos that the bottles beautifully reflect the sun in Thailand. From the crematorium to the toilets – the walls, ground and ceiling are all made out of beer bottles.
The temple stands to resemble the monks mindfulness of the environment and displays their creativity and dedication to complete it. Taking one look at the temple reminds us of the severe damage done to the environment if these 1.5 million bottles were left on the ground, not collected and not recycled. But with an open mind, look at what can be created and be used for such a good purpose. These million of beer bottles shelters the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha!

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  1. Vinnie Tan on Jul 29, 2013 at 6:24 am

    It is so creative of the monks to think of this idea. It is a great idea. Not only does it help them with the material costing of the building of the temple, but it also helps to clean the environment in Thailand. They have done so much more then just getting these bottles to recycle. They have built a temple using materials like this showing the simplicity that they have, and that they have no attachment to material items. I am so happy that Sharon shared these photos with Rinpoche to be shared with all the blog readers.

  2. Jean Mei on Feb 13, 2013 at 8:33 pm


    1. It is good for the environment – helps Thailand with their clean-up efforts, so that they don’t have a gazillion empty bottles littering the streets.
    2. It serves as a good reminder to the sangha and other Dharma practitioners about attachments that continue to keep us in samsara.

    I think that this is such a great idea, for both the country, the temple and the practitioners.

    I hope that the bottles were treated before being used. Am a bit weary about how long-lasting and hardy glass bottles are!

    The Thai’s are incredibility creative. I remember reading another one of Rinpoche’s blog post about the innovative floatation devices that they came up with during the flood.

    Some are hilarious but we all have to admire their ingenuity! lol x

  3. Wan on Jun 23, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Thank you for sharing the beer bottle temple. Its amazing to see how creative of human to build this temple and i believe it full with the faith, patience and effort to make this happen.

    The temple look beautiful, serene and it save the world by recycling of beer bottle. what a wonderful thought of it.

  4. Cynthia on Sep 15, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Everything is so well thought of. Other than being eco-friendly, it’s even architecturally Thai. Conceptually and aesthetically I think it’s brilliant. I can imagine it’s more beautiful than in the pictures because of the glass texture. It’s definitely the sincere motivation of the monks wanting to help better the environment for the benefit of the Thais. Such care they have shown.

  5. su_zan on Jul 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing about the beer bottle temple.. Its very beautiful… and the person for having such a great idea. Hopefully i can visit the temple later in life. Indeed a very great idea to safe the planet. Nice…

  6. Travis Smith on Dec 11, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks for the great details! Looking forward to hearing more stuff about this!

  7. Uncle Eddie on Oct 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Fantastic, a temple made out of beer bottles, located in the city of Khun Han, 400miles north-east of Bangkok close to the Cambodhian border. Such marvelous creation of unique architecture which should rightfully be reserved and saved into the Book of World record. With 25 years of of patience and perserverence, primarily helping out to clean up the pollution of beer bottles, it turns out to be a display of good faith, devotion,effort, determination, and loving-kindness to put the 1.5 million of duly purified beer bottles to good use to provide shelter for the Three Jewels. My heartiest congratulations to all the devout monks and hardworking members of “WAT PA MAHA CHEDI KAEW TEMPLE”.

  8. Sean Wang on Oct 8, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    Thank you for posting on the beer bottle temple. Thank you Mama for providing the pictures. The pictures are just lovely.

    This is exactly same like the art that people make through rubbish that end up as masterpieces.

    I think it is quite amazing that they made something good out of something that once contained intoxicants. I think that the beer bottle temple is the same as a human sometimes.

    We are sometimes just vessels for negative thoughts to arise. Even so, we can still be better people if we want to. If we want to, we will.

    I really wish I could go there once.

  9. Sean Wang on Oct 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    Thank you for posting on the beer bottle temple. Thank you Mama for providing the pictures. The pictures are just lovely.

    I think it is quite amazing that they made something good out of something that once contained intoxicants. I think that the beer bottle temple is the same as a human sometimes.

    We are sometimes just vessels for negative thoughts to arise. Even so, we can still be better people if we want to. If we want to, we will.

  10. Ling on Oct 7, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Awesome! Who would have thought? Instead of Junk its ART + FUNCTION with REVERENCE!

    Instead of ignoring the problem, the monks took ownership and set out, go about with enthusiastic effort, dedication and loads of patience, love to create this magnificent structure!

    So very creative, highly imaginative and beautifully constructed. I am sure the reflection from the bottles create a symphony of sorts when the sun shines on them!

  11. patsy on Oct 6, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    What a good way to recycle unwanted products. After 25 years of perseverance and hard work with the use of 1.5million beer bottles that were discarded, these monks have created a masterpiece!

  12. LT Loo on Oct 6, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Reading this post reminded me of Rinpoche teaches us on a little action we do each day with Dharma motivation could lead to big spiritual gain in the future. A little discard beer might look insignificant but combination of millions of it with effort, patient and right motivation, it could become a masterpiece like one shows in the picture!
    I’m constantly being habitually caught up with the past and worried about the future and fail to see the potential of the little beer bottle in my daily life!
    Thanks Rinpoche for reminding again.

  13. Josh Akers on Oct 6, 2010 at 5:33 am

    I think over my lifetime thus far I could have built at least one chunk of that wall. I almost totally quit drinking. It was affecting my whole life just too much. I have 1 beer 2x a week maybe now, I still need a little island of Samsara now and then, where I can just forget about my troubles. I’m working on the great purge of all bad habits but it’s a long term goal for me. It will not happen overnight.

    In other news: I always thought if you could get me to stop eating meat, you could literally get anybody to do it. I am a vegetarian completely now. Bye-bye cheeseburger, pepperoni pizza, we had some fun times… Now I have higher goals, and I’m not sad you’re gone.

    -Josh Akers :)

  14. David Quah on Oct 5, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful pictures that Sharon sent you. I now recalled that I have visited this place before. It is awesome and definately a master piece.

  15. Maggie Chang on Oct 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I’ll bet this temple is very cooling.

  16. Anila on Oct 5, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew Temple was built with accumulations of 1.5 million beer bottles collected in 25 years. This temple was built by Thai monks. Thsiland is a country were there are lots of tourists. There is no problems in getting beer bottles to build the temple. Definitely it will go into the Guiness Book of Records as this is the only one in the world. The Thais are really very creative people. To try to have a clean environment and get rid of unwanted beer bottles the monks have built a temple by recycling beer bottles. I hope the Thais will come up with more creative recycling projects for the benefit of their country.

  17. Andrew Chiam on Oct 5, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Hi Rinpoche, hello again. Thanks for the posting on the beer bottle temple and thanks to Sharon for such a wonderful sharing.
    It’s really inspiring to see such a great use of unlimitless gift of god to human…the imagination. Imagination combined with strong faith,determination and pure altruistic intention bring many possibilities and limitless benefit to all sentinent beings.

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2 months ago
Kedrub Je's personal statue of Yamantaka
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Prince Siddhartha with his maternal aunt Queen Mahaprajapati Gotami
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    2 months ago
    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
    3 months ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    3 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
    3 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    3 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
  • Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
  • My good friend Justin Ripley
    5 months ago
    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    6 months ago
    I requested Choji Lah to do a trusol, rabney and soongdroop for our large DS and Buddha. In this video, he is performing trusol which is ritually 'bathing' the environment and blessing all those who come to visit our Wisdom Hall and Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Bigfoot arrives!!!
    6 months ago
    Bigfoot arrives!!!
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  • Mumu Loves Snack!
    6 months ago
    Mumu Loves Snack!
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    6 months ago
    For H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, a blog post is not just a blog post but Dharma work that generates merits which should be dedicated. Click here to find out what blog post Rinpoche was dedicating the merits for when he recited this prayer: ~Ani Lobsang Pema
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    6 months ago
    Panchen Lama in Beijing on CCTV - China's official news. The respect and position they give His Holiness Panchen Lama is great.
  • Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
    6 months ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue


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7 hours ago
Beautiful and perfect statue of Dorje Shugden at H.E.The 25th Tsem Rinpoche's pre- loved Buddhist items at Kechara House gompa souvenir shop for invite. Lucy Yap
17 hours ago
29 November 2015 Mr. Sugihara – Conspiracy of Kindness - MUST WATCH!!! - Mr. Sugihara. A shining example of people who selflessly help other people with no agenda. Thank you sir! Thank you very much for following in your conscience. H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche - Pastor Antoinette
20 hours ago
Rejoice to my KSDS colleague Jesvin, who is a dear friend and a warm person who took up vegetarian vow with Pastor Adeline. Stella Cheang, KSDS
20 hours ago
Retreatants of the Tsongkapa Retreat had to observe silent for 3 days 2 nights. Stella Cheang, KSDS
20 hours ago
108 bowls of water offering. Stella Cheang, KSDS
20 hours ago
The seating of each retreatant at Dukkar Apartment in the world class retreat centre at KFR. Stella Cheang, KSDS
20 hours ago
First Tsongkapa Retreat at KFR for KSDS teachers and friends just ended today. Check out the happy radiant faces. :) Stella Cheang, KSDS
21 hours ago
Mr Hee and Kent Kok arranging torma to the altar. By Puja House 29 November'15
21 hours ago
Drolchok Puja did for Sponsor's who wish for her project to be successful. By Puja House 29 November'15
21 hours ago
Torma for puja are decorated beautifully using flowers that are made of butter . By Puja House 29 November'15
21 hours ago
Gyenze Puja conducted today for Sponsor business to blooms. By Puja House 29 November'15
I love being a Buddhist because the Dharma offers real, practical, and concrete advice for how to improve your life- shared by Lilyn Tan
Crispy yam basket with lotus root and macadamia nuts . . .must order when u visit Kechara Oasis. Guat Hee
2 days ago
Pat is always so kind and she was volunteered to help us with the preparations of set up for Halloween event. A very big Thank You to Pat. Victoria KSDS
2 days ago
The kids of group teens were volunteer themselves to help us and enjoyed baking at sponsor's house. Victoria KSDS
2 days ago
Guess what were they doing? Teacher Kien was webbing the web effects at Tara Walk. Victoria KSDS
2 days ago
Behind the scene of KSDS Halloween workmanship hard work for decorations. Victoria KSDS
2 days ago
An Sutra Story groups from KSDS were ready for the performance cum Graduation 2015. Victoria KSDS
2 days ago
10 hours of tormas making for pujas today by team. By Puja House 28 November'15
2 days ago
Medicine Buddha puja is one of the most popular puja ordered by sponsors to heal their beloved. By Puja House 28 November'15
2 days ago
Dorje Shugden Puja conducted today for Sponsor to clear the obstacles that might arise for her medical treatment. By Puja House 28 November'15
2 days ago
28 November 15 If you think you are poor, if you think life is unfair to you, if you always lament at your own misery, think again. Picture: Batri the Kathmandu Rickshaw Wallah, his wife, 2 teenage sons and 2 young daughters, total 6 persons, are staying in this room, 3 on bed and 3 on floor. - Pastor Antoinette
2 days ago
Preparation for the wedding function at Kechara Oasis Viva Home outlet. Guat Hee
2 days ago
KSDS- We are ready for our very first concert
2 days ago
KSDS Graduation & Concert - Listen team, briefing time. Lin Mun KSDS





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