Who ever thought a temple would provide a good lesson on recycling? This creative temple, also known as the ‘Temple of a Million Bottles’ or ‘Beer Bottle Temple’ is a Buddhist structure in the Khum Han district of Sisaket province.
The temple is made up of over 1.5 million used Heineken and Chang beer bottles. Construction for the temple began in 1984 when a group of monks had grown tired of seeing an increasing amount of litter in the Sisaket area. So, to lessen the waste the monks asked people in Sisaket to bring them used beer bottles and began the temple complex.
The main temple, which is a brilliant green colour due to the Heineken bottles, took two years to complete. Since then, the monks have created a crematorium, water towers, sleeping quarters and toilets. They even used bottle caps to create beautiful Buddhist designs inside the temple.
Despite its appearance, the unconventional temple doesn’t seem to get a lot of visits from tourists, probably due to its more obscure location.
The nearest city to the temple is Sisaket and the temple is based near the small village of Khun Han. You can train or bus to Sisaket from Bangkok (takes between 8 and 11 hours) and then hire a driver to take you to the temple once you’re based in the city.
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