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Monk builds Buddhist pagoda on Koh Pha Ngan out of beer bottles

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When Buddhist monks have to figure out the gritty engineering problems to construct a pagoda for their spiritual enlightenment, they have to consider using bricks, timber, concrete, or maybe even beer bottles. When you’re building a pagoda on Koh Pha Ngan you have a ready supply of beer bottles from the monthly influx of tourists for the Full Moon Party.

According to kohphangannews.com, many bars and resort owners on the Gulf island donated them happily to a monk at buddhist temple Thong Nai Pan. The monk now in the middle of constructing a 10 metre tall pagoda out of them, along with plenty of concrete to glue them all together.

The beer pagoda project will be completed in a few months and will be a display of what the island’s party crowd unwittingly contributed to the culture and spiritual enlightenment of the locals, along with the other “spiritual enlightenment” tourists consume during the monthly Full Moon festivities.

SOURCE: kohphangannews.com

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for nearly 40 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented 3,900 radio news bulletins in Thailand alone, hosted 450 daily TV news programs, produced 1,800 videos, TV commercials and documentaries and is now the General Manager and writer for The Thaiger. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue.

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