Elaborate Buddhist Temple Made From Discarded Amazon Boxes

Elaborate Buddhist Temple Made From Discarded Amazon Boxes

And you thought breaking down your Amazon boxes for recycling was creative—Japanese gamer and amateur modeler Upuaza Touryou just trashed the competition, turning his stack of old flimsy cardboard into an insanely elaborate Buddhist temple.

Elaborate Buddhist Temple Made From Discarded Amazon Boxes

The sculpture took five months to assemble, sure, but discarded cardboard boxes have never looked so good. Now, if only Amazon could somehow include perforations in their packaging, so we could all pop out and assemble such glorious models on our own...

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Pending approvalOriginal post by Brian Ashcraft on Kotaku

Amazon Cardboard Boxes Make a Beautiful Buddhist Temple

Amazon Cardboard Boxes Make a Beautiful Buddhist Temple

What do you do with your Amazon cardboard boxes? Throw them away? An individual in Japan turned them into one of the country's most famous temples, the Byodoin.

The temple is a national treasure in Japan and is featured on the back of ten yen coins.

NicoNico Douga user Upuaza Touryou took around five months to complete the sculpture, which is made up of over five thousand cardboard parts. Total cost? 300 yen or about US$3.

Amazon Cardboard Boxes Make a Beautiful Buddhist Temple

Amazon Cardboard Boxes Make a Beautiful Buddhist Temple

Amazon Cardboard Boxes Make a Beautiful Buddhist Temple

Amazon Cardboard Boxes Make a Beautiful Buddhist Temple

Amazon Cardboard Boxes Make a Beautiful Buddhist Temple

Amazon Cardboard Boxes Make a Beautiful Buddhist Temple

Amazon Cardboard Boxes Make a Beautiful Buddhist Temple

Amazon Cardboard Boxes Make a Beautiful Buddhist Temple

Here is a the full video, which shows more details of this amazing sculpture.

ダンボールで平等院鳳凰堂を建立してみた [YouTube via NicoNico Douga]

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