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GOLDEN ROCK (KYAIKHTIYO)

GOLDEN ROCK (KYAIKHTIYO)

GOLDEN ROCK; Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, over 1100 m above sea-level, is situated about 160 km (a 5 hour drive) from Yangon. It is one of the most visited places in Myanmar. This mystical pagoda stands on a gilded boulder precariously perching on the edge of the cliff and it seems to be standing against the force of gravity. According to legend this boulder was placed here in ancient times by the supernatural King of the Deva, a powerful being in Burmese mythology. Some say it is kept balanced by a delicately placed Buddha’s hair inside the stone. Pilgrims make the 11km climb up the hairpin path from the base of the mountain (Kinpun village) but you can take a one hour drive up in one of the authorized shuttle trucks to a terminus near the top. The trucks are fitted out with bench seats in the open trays, a typically Myanmar adventure.