Strand Rd, Yangon MMR013017, Myanmar (Burma)
Botataung PagodaLike the Shwedagon Pagoda, this revered Buddhist temple was built around 2,500 years ago and houses a strand of Buddha’s hair. Its name translates to “pagoda of the thousand military leaders,” and—as the story goes—it comes from the 1,000 officers that the Burmese king called upon to guard the pagoda when the holy relics stored inside first arrived from ancient India. Tragically, the structure was destroyed during World War II, but was masterfully rebuilt following the original design. The interior is hollow, and its maze-like, gleaming gold interior is open for visitors to explore.