The Golden Rock Pagoda is a phenomenon that really should be seen up close and personal. It is said that one glimpse of the rock seemingly defying gravity as it perches precariously on the edge of the cliff is enough to turn anyone to Buddhism. This is why many thousands of Burmese Buddhist pilgrims make the arduous trek to the peak of Mount Kyaiktiyo. The proudly gilded boulder, measuring in at around seven metres high with a circumference of around fifteen metres, seems to glow, and is said to be balancing precariously on a strand of hair directly from Buddha himself.
Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Myanmar, located in Mon State on the northern region of Myanmar’s Tenasserim Coast in southern Myanmar. It’s up there with the Shwedagon Temple and the Pagoda at Mahamuni. The pilgrimage season between November and March is an inspiring time to visit, though crowded. If you are feeling adventurous, you can make the hike all the way from Kinpun, but failing that, at Experience Travel Group we will arrange transport to take you half way up the mountain, after which you will climb a steep path to the peak. Naturally, the panoramic views atop the 1,100 metre high mountain are quite stunning.
Golden Rock Pagoda is a deeply significant and inspirational destination for pilgrims and tourists alike. If you’d like to visit the Golden Rock Pagoda as part of a tailor-made trip to Myanmar, contact Experience Travel Group to discover more about this region.