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Golden Rock Pagoda, Myanmar

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Golden Rock Pagoda defies gravity from the edge of a granite rock that--judging from its name--represents a head of a hermit. Legend has it that an ancient king built the shrine to house one strand of Buddha’s hair, which he placed on a rock he had brought up from the sea floor. On top of a 7.6 m (25 ft) tall boulder, decorated by gold leaf placed upon it by devoted pilgrims, sits a small gilded pagoda. You can gain a great view of the pagoda from the observation platforms, which also offer scenic views of the surroundings. This pagoda, the third most significant Buddhist pilgrimage site in Myanmar, offers plenty of tourist amenities--you can visit a restaurant if you get hungry, and head to a small market if you decide to look for a souvenir. Work out when and for how long to visit Golden Rock Pagoda and other Kin Pun attractions using our handy Kin Pun travel itinerary maker.
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  • We booked a two day trip with a private taxi from Yangon to Bago (for sightseeing) and then to the Golden Rock. Total price for this trip excluding the hotel USD 130. The taxi dropped us off at base c...  more »
  • Very nice Golden Rock with its pagoda, inexplicable how can stand there in that position, but the most fascinating thing is the atmosphere, it's beautiful, look around and see the devotion of the faithful. At night after dinner if we wander to the Golden Rock area and its surroundings, you'll find that lots of people, whole families with small children, who sleep in the open to be present at the morning prayer. Beautiful both Sunrise and sunset, the first mostly for the atmosphere of prayer, the second for the same reason but also for the sunset colors that are spectacular. Emotion must try.
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  • Golden Rock it seems is considered 1 of the must see's in Myanmar. The exhilarating truck ride from Kinpun up the mountain to the Rock with about 50 others is part of the experience. The only other op...  more »