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Prepare to be surprised by the amount of gold deposited on the surface of the boulder. No wonder they call it “Golden Rock”.
olden Rock Pagoda is one of most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in Myanmar rivaling Shwedagon Pagoda (Yangon) and Mahamuni Pagoda (Mandalay). Located near the town of Kyaikhto (5 hours’ drive from Yagon), Mount Kyaiktiyo is the place where the golden leafed boulder delicately balanced on the edge of its cliff-top. At a glance, with ignorance of the gravity, it appears that the boulder will fall at a slight push. It is said to be the site where one of Buddha’s hair was donated by a hermit. The hair was retrieved from the sea by a king in the eleventh century, and it subsequently turned into the rock. At sunset the golden rock is lit up by the setting sun and electric lights while pilgrims and monks circle around the rock.
he height of the season of pilgrimage to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is from November to March (December recommended) when the atmosphere surrounding is filled with magi and devotion, especially when the glinting boulder is bathed in the purple, misty, light of dawn and dusk. Pilgrims chant, light candles and meditate all through the night under the chilling wind. If you are feeling adventurous , it is possible to climb to the summit from Kinpun base camp. But prepare for a steep hike up and a steeper descend!
fter a long journey from Yangon and the thrilling ride from the base and the long hour’s climbs, Burmese healing hands will give your muscle some good rest. And it won’t cost you more than US$ 10 for an hour massage.
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