The Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew temple has found a way to bottle-up Nirvana, literally. The temple, which sits in Thailand’s Sisaket province, roughly 370 miles northeast of Bangkok is made of more than a million recycled glass bottles.
True to its nickname, “Wat Lan Kuad” or “Temple of Million Bottles” features glass flagons, that Thai monks have recycled, throughout the premises of the temple, including the crematorium, surrounding shelters, and yes – even the toilets.
There’s an estimated 1.5 million recycled flagons built into the temple and, as you might have guessed, monks are committed to recycling more. After all, the more flagons they get, the more buildings they are able to construct.
The buildings comprise the main temple over a lake, crematorium, prayer rooms, a hall, water tower, tourist bathrooms and several small bungalows raised off the ground which serve as monks quarters.
Even the walls surrounding the temple are made from flagons. Details and patterns in the walls are made from used bottle tops cut into different sizes.