Golden Rock pagoda or Kyaikhtiyo pagoda is one of the oldest and most famous pagodas in Myanmar, a world cultural heritage.
The pagoda is located on the top of Kyaikhtiyo mountain with a height of over 1,000 meters above sea level. This pagoda is located 80 km east of Bago city and 210 km northeast of Yangon. Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is located on an egg-shaped rock lying on the slope of the mountain. Many people believe that the temple was built during the Buddha’s life, over 2,500 years ago. Kyaiktiyo Temple was built in 574 BC and is considered one of the wonders of the golden pagoda country.
Both the pagoda and the rock are covered by the gold leaves. Standing on different sides looking back, the golden stone has a completely different shape.
The temple is only 7.3meter high and 15.2meter circumference
One special thing is that the surface between the rock and the ground is only 78 cm². It breaks all the rules of gravity that so far science has not found the answer yet. The people here believe that the sacred rock sits on the bank of a cliff without falling down because it is anchored only by a hair of Buddha.
How to get to the Golden Rock pagoda
We take an open truck. Each truck can carry 40 passengers on simple wooden seats. It was all sunny, windy and dusty. Our body swayed as the truck roared up the 11 km-long slopes in about 1 hour as we were attending a thrilling game. You guys will experience full of exciting, fearful, suspenseful feelings when the truck passes through narrow bends on the road to the Golden Rock Pagoda. Even as civilians, tourists or clergy still have to use this vehicle to climb the mountain.
The truck will stop for us to get off 1.5 km from the top of the mountain. Because this is a sacred place for Myanmar people, right from the entrance visitors have to take off their shoes and walk barefoot into the temple. Two beautiful lions are known as the protector Chinthes standing at the entrance, protecting the temple.
The temple opens all days. Admission fee is 6 USD/person.
The Golden Rock Pagoda is beautiful and shiny, golden in the early sunshine. However, according to the custom, only men can get close to the foot of the rock and the temple so that they can stick the thin pieces of gold, apply their heads to the rock and pray. Women must stop in front of an iron fence separated from the pagoda. They could only offer offerings to the altars and kneel on the ground to pray.
Hope you guys enjoy !