Golden Rock Pagoda, Kyaikhtiyo

  • Location: 160km away from Yangon, Myanmar
  • Weight of the Rock : 611.5 Tons
  • Height of the Rock : 8.15 meter
  • Contact area: 0.714 square meter
  • Weight of the Stupa: 19.45 Tons
  • Height of the Stupa: 33 feet , 2 in
  • Entrance fee: 5 USD per person

Locating at the top of Mount Kyaiktiyoin Mon State, Myanmar, Golden Rock or Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is the famous symbol of Burma. This 25 feet pagoda was established on the top of a huge granite stone which Buddha followers covered with gold leaves. After the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Mahamuni Pagoda, it is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists and tourist alike.

The Golden Rock situates on a natural rock platform that appears to have been naturally formed to act as the base to build the pagoda. It has an extremely small area of contact an inclined plane and they are independent of each other. The base of the rock is surrounded with lotus shape painted in gold leaf. It appears as though the rock will crash down at any moment. The pagoda complex will be accessed by a stairway, which has someplatforms for sightseeing, pagodas, Buddha shrines, and spirits worshipped in Burma. For many years, the Golden Rock has been one of the main landscapes for the pilgrims offering prayers and also sticking golden leaves on the rock in respect. During the peak pilgrimage season, the atmosphere surrounding Kyaikhtiyo is charged with magic and devotion, especially when is the glinting boulder is bathed in the purple sometimes misty and light of sunrise.

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