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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(Photos extracted from Tree Hugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/10/temple-built-from-beer-bottles.php and Green Upgrader: http://greenupgrader.com/4262/one-million-beer-bottles-later-and-its-a-buddhist-temple/2/)

 

 


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17 Responses to Beer Bottle Temple in Thailand

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

    I’ll bet this temple is very cooling.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 :)

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  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. 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.

  11. 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”.

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

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

  13. 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…

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

    THIS IS AWESOME!!

    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.

    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/funnies/how-to-survive-a-flood.html

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

  17. 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.

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    1 month ago
  • Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    2 months ago
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    They pump 'things' into poultry to make it look plump and bigger to attract you to buy. Then you eat whatever they've pumped and think how it builds up in your body? Is your taste buds worth it to risk your health? Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
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    Look at this 2 minute video, while Hong Kong is having massive protests,right over the skyline of a city a UFO is spotted observing.. Incredible footage. UFO's are historically said to always gather where there is massive conflicts or congregations of people for hundreds of years.
    2 months ago
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    See this video and do share with friends. See what happens at 1:10........Om Mani Peme Hung Watch it for the sake of the beings within in enduring what they have to endure. Don't think about how you feel because you are not there, but how they feel. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
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    I just purchased an empty locket from an art store for around $10 and had a nice picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche inserted in the front and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche inserted on the others side at home. Attached a str...ing and it's good to wear for blessings. Look how beautiful. I am the type, I devote myself to my practice but I remember it is the sole kindness of the guru's teachings. Without the guru there is no dharma at all as I cannot speak to Buddha directly. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
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    I was gifted this wonderful blingy shiny new pen by a spiritual friend. I didn't know Swarovski pens write so smoothly. I am going to enjoy writing with this. Thank you Jessica Pimentel. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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    2 months ago
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    In Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large aviary with many rescued birds and tortoises. We just built a nice pool for them to cool down in. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    3 months ago
  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    3 months ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    3 months ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    3 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    6 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
    6 months ago
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    7 months ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    9 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    9 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    9 months ago
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    1 years ago
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    1 years ago
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    2 yearss ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    2 yearss ago

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