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Golden Rock Teeters on the Edge Mon State Adventure | Landscape | 0 comments

While the pagoda itself is not much to write home about, what the structure is perched on will catch and hold your attention.
Golden Rock Teeters on the Edge

The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is built on top of a large boulder, which seems to be stubbornly refusing to roll off the precipice where it sits on edge. A sight that has to be seen to be believed, it is no wonder that this pagoda is among the most popular sites of Buddhist pilgrimage in Myanmar (Burma). Legend has it that a single hair from the head of Buddha himself is keeping the rock from tumbling down the mountain. Reaching the perch where the pagoda is situated is a small task.

The usual route for pilgrims and visitors alike is to catch a bus or car from the nearby town of Kyaikto to the Yatetaung terminus some way up the mountain. Unfortunately, this is as far as wheels and shoes will take you as tradition requires that the rest of the journey be barefoot. A testing climb of 1.2 kilometers will bring you to the top of the mountain and to the rock itself. While the upward climb does not require special equipment, it does demand a certain degree of fitness from visitors. Depending on how in shape you are, the barefoot portion can take between 45 minutes to an hour.

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