Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock)

Situated in Mon State at an elevation of 3600 ft (1100 m), Kyaikhityo is a well-known pilgrimage site of Myanmar.

 

It takes about 4~5hr driving time from Yangon.  The place is so cool and refreshing where many pagodas dotted over the green mountains.  Here the focal point is a small pagoda (24 ft).  It is built on top of the granite boulder measuring 25ft that lies on an inclined natural rock platform defying the gravity.

 

Locals believe that a strand of Buddha hair relic is preventing the rock from falling down the hill.  And yes, it’s true!

 

Now, the rock itself and the pagoda are all covered with gold-leaf.  Thousands of pilgrims, day and night, flooded over the spacious platform show the religious zeal of the countryman.

 

The Golden Rock is more than a rock!