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23 holy places that promise a connection with nature

March 24, 2014, 1:53 p.m.
Golden Rock

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Golden Rock

The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) is a Buddhist pilgrimage site that precariously sits atop Mount Kyaiktiyo in Mon State, Myanmar. Layers of gold leaves pasted by devotees give this luminous rock its namesake. Legend has it that the rock doesn't fall because it enshrines a strand of Buddha's hair.