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Kyaikto (Golden Rock), Kin Pun

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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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  • For this trip to The Golden Rock, we engaged a local tour agent, Proniti Travel Yangon to take us there to avoid the problem of transport and lodging. After breakfast, the driver and tour guide from t...  more »
  • The hermit said: find a rock looking like my hat and I will give you the 4 hairs Buddha gave me as relic for the temple we will build around it. The four hairs were placed under the rock and the rock ...  more »
  • the site is notable; a rock of about 6 m high and 4 m in diameter on a rocky hill. One wonders without finding an explanation how it is there? This Rock is fully covered d; gold, gold leaf by the pilgrims... that we will remember for a long time is the climb to the site and the descent in trucks on benches, with sitting pilgrims and students attached to the rear of the vehicle, on a winding road. A rapid rise and fall very shaken.
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