In Southern Burma, a gilded rock hangs precariously on the edge of a mountaintop, suspended by a single hair of the Buddha.

The sun shimmers on its glowing face while pilgrims meditate and paste gold leaf at its foot.

According to legend, a Burmese king with the help of the Buddhist ruler of heaven moved the rock from the seabed to the top of the mountain and enshrined the Buddha hair that keeps keeps the rock from tumbling down the mountain.

Today, the site draws Burmese pilgrims from around the country who try to visit at least   once in their lifetime.

Pilgrims set up shelters on the mountain top, near the golden rock


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