Kyaiktiyo Pagoda – The Golden Rock of Myanmar

Written By: The Planet D

One of the most remarkable places to visit in Myanmar is the legendary Kyaiktiyo Pagoda. Located in Kyaiktiyo; a few hours east of Yangon, the Golden Rock is a phenomenon dangling off the side of a mountain.

Standing 25 feet high with a 50 foot circumference, it is an amazing sight to see. Located in the Mon State of Myanmar, we took a long public bus journey to see this wonder of Burma.

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

dave touching the golden rock Kyaiktiyo pagoda myanmar

Legend has it that is is balancing on the hair of Buddha and it is the most important pilgrimage in the country.

The hair was given to a hermit by Buddha himself, who in turn found a boulder which resembled his own head.

He then built a small Stupa on its top and pilgrims have made their way to see it ever since to give offerings and to meditate. Although for us it felt more like a celebration than a meditation.

The crowds were lively and friendly.

This magnificent structure is not only fascinating but it also generates a magnificent energy.

Pilgrims come to this place to marvel at how it clings to the side of a cliff, but also feel the it’s spiritual power.  

Dave had the chance to touch the Golden Rock. Women weren’t allowed when we were there, but Dave said that it was amazing. He could actually feel it balancing on the cliff’s edge.

We have no idea how it has balanced on this mountain over the ages but as we gazed upon it with our own eyes, we became believers that something extraordinary was standing before us.

Visiting the Golden Rock was one of the highlights of our time in Burma.

We took a very difficult travel to the Golden Rock, but today you can book tours ahead of time.

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda Tours from Yangon

Check out these tours from Get Your Guide – easy cancellation with 24 hours notice and last minute bookings.

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