Temple made from Oyster Shells

I was driving around in Pathum Thani Province one day when I came across a temple with an intriguing name. It was called “Wat Chedi Hoi”. This basically translates as “The Shell Pagoda”. I went inside and found this Buddhist monument made from literally thousands and thousands of giant oyster shells. What is even more surprising is that this temple is to the north of Bangkok and the sea is about 60 kilometers to the south. Apparently,  hundreds of years ago, this whole area used to be under the sea.

2 comments for “Temple made from Oyster Shells

  1. May 31, 2011 at 2:10 am

    beautiful, indeed…thnx

  2. kurt
    October 31, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I used to go to that temple 25 years ago as we have a house near there, back then there was just a small chedi and a big hole in the ground , the monks would be down in the hole with a firehose washing away at the clay to get to the oyster bed. there were quite a few other types of shells also. No women allowed down in the hole. The place is big now and the oyster bed is now a lake. There is a funky museum with antiques and elephant skulls and bones, old pottery and other donated stuff. Will see if I have any of the pics from the original dig.

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