THE GOLDEN ROCK (KYAIK HTEE YOE MOUNTAIN)
Kyaik Htee Yoe is also known as the Golden Rock, one of the most prominent Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Myanmar, located in the small town called Kyaikhto in the Mon State. This destination is 160km away from Yangon and 1,100 meters above the sea level.
The first leg of the journey is taking a bus or private car from either Yangon or Bago to Kinpun base camp where you can find affordable local guesthouses and restaurants.
From there, you will go up a steep 11 km road in, typically crowded open trucks rushing though windy jungle paths to reach the pagoda. The exciting heart pounding journey is expected to be about 45 minutes. The final ascend to the Golden Rock will be on foot (20 minutes of hiking).
Uppermost point, you will not only find the Golden Rock Pagoda but also enormous complex made-up of many small temples, local restaurants and other souvenir shops.
As the legend says, the Pagoda is actually supported by a hair from Buddha and the king who had miraculous powers, found a rock at the bottom of the sea which resembled the hermit’s head shape. The Golden Rock is among the most uniquely built pagodas, 23 feet tall pagoda is laid on a giant rock which completely covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the very edge of a cliff as it was defying gravity. This is the reason why hundreds of thousands of Buddhists from across the country come every year to pay homage.