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This strange temple began life when local monks got sick of empty beer bottles being thrown away and messing up the local environment.
They laid a concrete base and began collecting the empty Heineken and Chang bottles, which they used to start making new temple buildings.
The discarded bottle tops were picked up too and used to create mosaics.
This started local people being more considerate, and even the local district office began sending them more bottles to reduce waste.
The monks continued through the years to build using bottles, to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and to keep the bottles out of landfills.
The first bottle building was completed in 1986, and there are now more than 20 buildings made of bottles, including rooms for monks, toilets, a crematorium, etc.
Properly called Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, its believed that close to 2 million bottles have been used up to now to create these buildings.
Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew is in Khun Han town 60 km south of Sisaket town in Sisaket province.
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