Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda perches precariously atop a gigantic granite boulder, 3,600ft above sea level. The boulder is decorated in gold leaf by the faithful. This stunning example of belief, as well as defiance of gravity, is known as the Golden Rock, and such is its power that it is said anyone who sees it will convert to Buddhism. Legend has it that the boulder itself sits on a strand of the Buddha’s hair, and it is certainly one of Myanmar’s most prominent pilgrimage sites. It’s quite something to witness: devotees must cross an abyss over a bridge barefoot, in order to place their gold leaf on the rock.