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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A million bottles of beer on the wall…

And the roof, and floors, and the toilets, and…


Thai monks from the Sisaket province have used over one million recycled glass bottle to construct their Buddhist temple. Mindfulness is at the center of the Buddhist discipline and the dedication and thoughtfulness required to build everything from the toilets to their crematorium from recycled bottles shows what creativity and elbow grease can accomplish.

The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple is about 400 miles northeast of Bangkok in the city of Khun Han close to the Cambodian border. Using Heineken bottles (green) and Chang Beer bottles (brown) the monks were able to clean up the local pollution and create a useful structure that will be a visual reminder to the scope of pollution and the potential we can make with limber minds.

The water tower and tourist bathrooms are even made from beer bottle litter. The monks were able to have the local people bring them the building materials which beautifully reflect the Thai sun.

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Seems that one man’s trash is another Knight’s castle – or, in this case, a temple.

Sir Bowie "off to work on a room addition" of Greenbriar


  1. Sounds like Think, Drink and be Meditative! Of course, if they believe in reincarnation then it would be Think, Drink and be Recycled!

    Reminds me of a phrase that will always stay with me spoken to me by a Hippy at the Wharf district in San Francisco, "I can dig the local colors man!"

  2. Sir Bowie, I found some time between the loo and the shower to upload a photo for you. Dig the local colors man!