• Location: 160 km away from Yangon
  • Name meaning: the pagoda carried on the hermit's head
  • Name variant: Golden Rock
  • Description: a small pagoda of 7.3 meter high constructed on the top of a gilded granite rock
  • Status: Myanmar's third most renowned Buddhist pilgrimage site after Shwedagon and Mahamuni Pagodas

Kyaikhtiyo is a small town in Mon State, Myanmar, famous for its Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda or Golden Rock - a favorite destination for travelers. Travelers from near and far come to visit this place, as they considered Kyaikhtiyo as a sacred place like other pagodas in Myanmar.

Located on the hill of the same name on the ridge between Sittaung and Thanlwin, this pagoda is about 18 feet tall and built on a huge boulder about 50 feet girth, makes anyone surprised in the first see because the boulder is balancing precariously on the edge of 18ft high rock and separated from the mountain edge by a deep chasm over 1100m above the sea level. It is hard to answer the question how the boulder keeps its balance, but it has been there for 2500 years. People believe that the selected boulder and keeping it balance belonging to the supernatural power of the Buddha: just a hair of Buddha can also keep this very huge boulder thousands of year.

The welcome signboard to Kyaikhtiyo is a perfect combination of three colors: white, gold and red. It is a special gate with two big stone animal statues. According to Mon tradition, the name Kyaikhtiyo is a combination of “Kyaik”, “ithi” and “yo”: “Kyaik” means pagoda and “yo” means to carry on the hermit’s head in Mon language and “ithi” means a hermit in Pali, therefore the name of this pagoda means “the pagoda carried on the hermit’s head”. Legend says that a King who received the Buddha’s hair from a hermit decided to build a pagoda to store sacred treasures and was instructed to build in a hermit’s head-shape boulder. Legend also says that all of treasures were stored on the top of minaret. People believe that it is a magic if can touch the boulder therefore they try to touch once when come here although there is a few area touches bases on the large stone and ground. Artisans used gold donated by Buddhists to make a lot of extremely thin gold foils and inlaid them in the boulder. Today, this thin gold foil inlaid minaret boulder is a wonderful destination for all pilgrims.Inside the Shwe Nan Kyin rest place, there are some statues representing the tales of locals. The scene of Kyaikhtiyo is picturesque, considered as a great spectacle, with the view of all sky, sea, mountain and the pagoda.

Come to Kyaikhtiyo, visitors will have a chance to take part in a Festival which beginning from October to March. It is carried out in the time as seasonal pilgrimage period, so it attracts a lot of worshippers. Especially, on the full moon day of Tabaung, the platform of the pagoda is lighted with nicety thousand candles offered to the Buddha and thousands of worshippers gather around the pagoda offering fruits and foods to the Buddha. Worshippers believe that sometimes they have observed rays of color from Buddha’s image.

Visit to Kyaikhtiyo, travelers are easy to access Kyaikhtiyo Wildlife sanctuary with about 50 species of butterflies recorded. Established in 1998 in a tropical rain forest and covering 180.05 square kilometers, this place is habitat of Great Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Blue-throated Barbet, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Swiftlet, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Black-headed bulbul, and other mammals such as: goral, gaur, deer, beer and monkey. It is appropriate for ecotourism, birds watching and trekking.

If you have more time for your journey, let you see the Kyaikpawlaw Buddha Image, located in Kantkaw Township. It is well known because of the living mole on the face of Buddha Image which has a great influence to locals. Every year, there is a festival held in the name of this Buddha image with the participation of locals from all parts of the country. According to the locals, if you come here in the first time, you will be astonished by the amazing facts: the image has lively eye, is said to be floating on the water and always facing to the region where Sri Lanka exists.

Kyaikhtiyo is one of the greatest destinations in Myanmar for not only Buddhists but also for travelers who love sightseeing.

Kyaikhtiyo Tours

  •  Walk along heritage colonial buidings and visit the magnificent Shwedagon pagoda
  •   Feed and play with little elephants in Winga Baw camp
  •   Join an adventurous hill truck up Kyaikhtiyo mountain with cheering locals
  •   Admire beauty of giant Golden Rock glistering after dark
  •   Take a nature walk to explore intricate nature and daily life of YaThaeTaung village
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  •  Explore the long history, legend and the breath-taking beauty of Shwedagon pagoda
  •   Take a bumpy ride on an old-fashined circular train around Yangon
  •   Admire the marvellous Golden Rock pagoda over the sunset
  •   Soak up the scenic trek around hill village of YaThaeTaung and closely watch local daily life
  •   Discover the simply breathtaking Saddan cave and wonderful surroundings
  •   Savor spectacular view of Hpa-an from top of Mt. ZweKa Bin
  •   Indulge in iconic Kaw Goon Cave with unique Mon-style architecture
  •   Capture spectacular beauty of Kyauk Ka Lat island pagoda
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  •  Explore the mysterious Myanmar with visits to almost ancient city like Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Monywa, etc.
  •   Chance to meet hill tribe people and know more about the Burmese culture.
  •   Soak into the natural beauty of Pyin Oo Lwin.
  •   Get the unforgettable moment with visit to Golden Rock.
  •   Enjoy amazing pictures of local fishermen mixing with the red sunset on Inle Lake.
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  •  Memorable moment to the Yangon's attracted spots.
  •   The most of peaceful atmosphere on Inle Lake
  •   Spectacular view of Bagan on top of Shwedagon
  •   strange architecture style of many pagodas
  •   Know more about the locals' daily life.
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  •  Have trekking and cycling trips besides some transfers on car.
  •   Visit some famous pagodas and unique architectures during the tour.
  •   Reach Golden Rock with a lot of pilgrims as your companions and have wonderful views at the summit.
  •   Visit some markets and rural villages for knowledge of local life and taking photographs along the tour.
Experiences :
  •  Enjoy Yangon with your own relaxing plan.
  •   Visit Kyaikhtiyo pagoda and join in a scenic journey in Kyaiktiyo.
  •   Visit many ancient pagodas, temples and monasteries along the way.
  •   Discover Inle Lake by the boat and have sightseeing.
  •   Come to Thandwe and have a short holiday at Ngapali Beach - the best beach in Myanmar.
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  •  Visit Golden Rock and have sightseeing.
  •   Come to Bago to visit ancient Palace and Pagoda, explore the local market to experience the local life.
  •   Take a city tour around Mandalay through archaic pagodas and monasteries, royal vestiges and relics.
  •   Explore Bagan - a land of temples with many attractions of natural views.
  •   Have a 4-day tour in Ngapali Beach, one of the most pristine beaches in Asia.
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  •  Gorgeous tour to the most holy land in the world, to experience the Burmese culture and its people's faith in Buddha
  •   Have an extremely relaxing time on the most pristine beach – the Ngapali in the world
  •   Take a closer look to the unspoiled wildlife and nature along the country
  •   Drop by Burmese rustic lands
  •   Enjoy the nice sunset and have an unforgettable trip
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  •  Present before golden temples and pagodas to experience the fairy holy
  •   The gentle sunlight at dusk will impress you right at the very first moments you see it
  •   Its imposing nature definitely blows you away due to the its picturesque scenery and unrevealed status
  •   An extremely relaxing time is on the way for you
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  •  Walk under the sunlight to admire the sparkling religious constructions along the lands of Yangon, Kyaikhtiyo and Bago
  •   Put steps through streets, colonial buildings and local markets to have a closer look to Burmese lifestyle, their culture, traditions and customs
  •   Enjoy the great sight of sunset in different comprehensive views
  •   Have the best healthy time travelling to Myanmar ever
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