Contact: Ban Don Mu 2, Tambon Non Sung, Amphoe Khun Han, Si Sa ket Tel. -
Wat Phra Maha Chedi Kaew, commonly known as Wat Larn Kuad, is at Ban Don, Non Sung subdistrict, Khun Han district, Sisaket province. The reason that it was given the name “Wat Larn Kuad” (meaning: the temple of million bottles) is because everything in the temple, e.g. arched doorways, entrance, parking spaces, ordination hall, pavilion, belfry, monks’ living quarters, or even toilets were ornamented with more than 1.5 million colourful bottles. Such idea was not inspired by or taken from any designer or artist. In fact, it came from a monk named “Phra Kru Vivek Thammachan” or “Luang Pu Lord.” It was when he stayed under the umbrella in Nong Yai burial ground (the current location of Wat Phra Maha Chedi Kaew) and villagers came to him to practice Dhamma and meditation, so he had an idea to found a temple of this piece of land. He noticed that there were abundant of unused bottles with several different colors, and that is how he came up with a design idea. Not only do the bottles offer beautiful colors, they helped cut down the budget spending on tiles. Therefore, Luang Pu started to collect unused bottles from neighbouring villages to build the first living quarter. Later, when the reputation of the temple spreads further, people from other provinces flock to the temple to hand him bottles. Other structures in the temple were then gradually built until Wat Phra Maha Chedi Kaew looks as it is today.
The creativity in applying useless materials to decorate the temple makes Wat Phra Maha Chedi Kaew a popular attraction in Khun Han district, Sisaket province. Whoever pays a visit to the temple for the first time must be dazzled to learn that he/she is surrounded by a tremendous amount of bottles. The highlights of the temple are the pavilion by the pond called “Sim Nam” and the ordination hall called “Sala Thansamo Maha Chedi Kaew”. In addition to the magnificent decoration from bottles, visitors are amazed at the mosaic arts from bottle caps which depict Lord Buddha’s biography.
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