Madaya, Myanmar (Burma)
Mingun PayaClimbing Mingun Paya is no easy feat. It isn't for those who are afraid or even tentative of heights. You must scale the structure barefoot, as it is considered a religious site. There are some makeshift ladders and steps, as well as sketchy drop offs around most turns. By the time I arrived at the top I was drenched in sweat from the late summer heat. The view is worth everything.
In 1790 the building of Mingun Paya began, it was, however, never finished. The original plan was for a structure about 3 times its current height. In 1838 an earthquake split it in half. Since the Mingun Paya is made of solid brick, some think it is the largest pile of bricks in the world.