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Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

Dusk to dawn at the Golden Rock

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The gold-covered, gravity-defying boulder at the top of Mount Kyaiktiyo is an important pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists, and an increasingly recognisable image of Myanmar. I spent an evening and a morning there, watching the colours change as the sun set and rose.

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Pilgrims attach gold leaf to the rock’s surface

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4.45pm. Blue and gold

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Offerings

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5.30pm. The last light of day

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Pilgrims light candles. Many of these visitors will stay all night

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6.00pm. As the sunlight fades, the rock is flood-lit from behind and below

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5.15am. The dark before the dawn

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5.45am. Sunrise

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Monks ask for alms in front of a mini Golden Rock

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