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Kyaikto (Golden Rock), Kin Pun

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Landmark Religious Site
A massive gilded boulder, Kyaikto (Golden Rock) defies gravity on the edge of a steep cliff overlooking the densely forested area of Mount Kyaiktiyo west of Yangon. Standing at 1,100 m (3,609 ft) and entirely covered with golden leaves pasted on by monks, this magnificent balancing granite rock serves as the base of a small 7.3 m (24 ft) tall pagoda enshrining a hair of Buddha. The 7.6 m (25 ft) natural wonder resembles the head of an ascetic, making the spot one of Burma's most sacred Buddhist sites. Many observation decks provide 360-degree panoramas of the area. Take a crowded open-top truck at a stop some 1.5 km (1 mi) from the summit or hike to the top. Note that women may not touch the rock. To visit Kyaikto (Golden Rock) and get the most from your holiday in Kin Pun, create itinerary details personal to you using our Kin Pun vacation generator.
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  • Climb the mountain with trucks is already an adventure but even that risky. In fact the trucks are brand new and there are seat belts. Unfortunately when I went up on the mountain the weather was bad with heavy rain and thick fog, so I couldn't visit decently the pagoda. In any case, even surrounded by fog, maintained a magical charm, with the bells that rang in the wind and only two or three faithful who ventured into the rain. One of the most unique experiences in Myanmar.
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  • You take a truck up to the top, which is an experience in itself. Truck is no means Western comfort standards, but that is half the fun. Villagers are quite friendly, just trying to make ends meet rea...  more »
  • Located on a rocky spur, a chedi in balance. A rise of 1 hour by truck for 2000 kyats. And a discovery of this jewel. Very popular with the Burmese.
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