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Places to visit » Yangon ::Mandalay :: Bagan :: Inle :: Kyaikhtiyo :: Beach
Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda

Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is also well known as the miracle Golden Rock. It is located in the Mon State, eastern Myanmar. Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda stands on a gold-gilded boulder precariously perched on the edge of a sloppy cliff. In Mon, Kyaikhtiyo means 'the pagoda carried on the hermitb.s headb.. The boulder itself was said to be floating miraculously up in the air, carrying the tiny pagoda with of holy Buddha relics in it. Over many centuries, it has descended bit by bit, and it is now intact with the cliff. However, being intact only for about 1 square meter, this still is a miracle that this golden rock has survived many earthquakes and storms for over 2400 years. Regular coaches reach only Kinpun Base Camp at the foot of the hills. Special trucks driven by well-trained drivers can now drive you up to Mt. Yathae, from which visitors trek uphill for about 45 minutes. Porters and palanquins are available to carry luggages and pilgrims who are too old or too weak.

It is a myth and a popular belief that one will gain more wealth, better health and luck every time he or she visits the miracle pagoda. Best season to visit Golden Rock is from October to March. Candle Light Festival is annually held in December.