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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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  • + necessarily there on the Summit stay with sunset and sunset + is one of the most important Pilgrim places + watch the local population + locals to stay outdoors at the Golden life fascinating rock - + easy being and watch + wonderful views over the environment, discrimination against women, only men are allowed the Golden Rock touch
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  • You can't go to Burma and not to stop at Golden Rock. Besides being a symbol for all the Buddhists and the destination of many pilgrimages, the Boulder is located in a privileged spot from which you can enjoy a wonderful view. I went to the Golden Rock with a local taxi driver (120 bucks round trip and overnight in Kyaithtiyo) starting from Yangoon. It takes more or less two hours (sudden rain in part along the way). Council decides on an overnight in Kyaithtiyo to avoid "pull" from Yangoon and messed around. Once you arrive at Kyaithtiyo, from the truck, you have to climb again for 40 minutes. The trucks are open and depending on the place you are charged from 7000 to 10,000 kiats. Once full, go! The way to get here is already in itself a mini adventure because along the narrow dirt curves circulates about everything and anything can happen. In my case, during the descent, a millennial tree fell on the road and we were stuck for more than 4 hours before they cleaned the track and you could return to the country. Once at the top there are other 15 minutes walk to go before you reach the Boulder. Entry into this area to pay 6000 Kiats per person. From this point on you can say that you are immersed in a totally surreal situation: street food stalls, tourists, monks, door bearers for those with walking difficulties, people praying, lighting incense, people who take selfie. In the background the mythical Golden Rock: imposing, a flash! Clouds and mountains all around. And silence. A mystical place and a must see, even though at first glance may appear too "disneyland".
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  • The visit to the Golden rock was part of a wonderful trip to Myanmar, during the full moon party: hundreds of faithful they had gone there to offer wreaths or candles to Buddha, was an adventurous trip, squeezed like sardines on board trucks for the last part of the route, but it was worth it! an unforgettable experience, as memorable was the entire trip, from visit to Shwedagon pagoda to Yangoon Inle Lake, the white beaches of Ngapali, thanks to the excellent organization of the local agency (KIPlINGTOURFLASH) run by Mrs. Gabri, and pleasant surprises that we were confidential.
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