This one is a little more off the beaten path then other Myanmar must-visits, but I include it because it´s so special. Located on the Bay of Bengal coast down in Mon state, this gravity-defying boulder – 7.6 metres (25 feet) high and covered in gold leaf – balance precariously on the edge of a cliff 1,100m (3,600 ft.) over the water (and supposedly, so the legend goes, perched on a strand of the Lord Buddha´s hair), topped by a small pagoda, whose origins are uncertain but appear to stretch back to at least the 3rd century BCE. It's one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Myanmar and offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Fun fact: The pagoda is reached from the nearby town of Kinpun in dump trucks converted to carry people.

Read more in my post Burmese, if You Please: 6 Musts in Myanmar/Burma.



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