Saturday, December 5, 2015

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda - the Balancing Rock that is not falling down the Hill

Picture by Arian Zwegers

Only a strand of hair from Buddha are preventing it from falling down the hill, a legend says. On the granite rock covered with thin leaves of gold left by an endless stream of pilgrims and called Golden Rock stands a litte Pagoda, called Kyaiktiyo Pagoda. At the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo - at an elevation of 700 meters - this is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Myanmar after the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and the Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay. Near the top of the mountain, at Yatetaung, two large lions are guarding the entrance. From here pilgrims and visitors have to climb to the Golden Rock barefoot on a paved track for 1,2 kilometres. The rock is a spectacular sight, especially at sunset.

The town of Kyaiktiyo lies at the foot of the mountain range, between Mawlamyine and Bago.

Nearer to the Golden Rock is the village of Kinpun. From here many pilgrims hike for 11 kilometers to the Golden Rock.
To get from Kinpun to the Golden Rock you can take a truck. The truck stop is to the left of the Sea Sar Hotel.

Buses from Yangon

Buses from Yangon are running to Kyaiktiyo and Kinpun. The trip takes around 5 hours. Start at Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal. Bus company Win Express (one way 700 Kyat, ticket office in Kinput near Sea Sar Guesthouse).

Myanmar National Airlines flies to Mawlamyine daily at 11.45 am. Buses from Mawlamyine take four hours,

Bus from Bago takes 3.5 hours and stops close to the train station.

Trains from Yangon

Trains from Yangon to Kyaiktiyo take four hours, comfort is described by KirstyB.

Guesthouses in Kinpun

Pann Myo Thu

Sea Sar Guest House: A building on the street and bungalows. Small dark rooms for US$ 10 per person with breakfast and rooms with bathroom and balcony for US$ 35 per person accorting to Meets the basic needs, mixed reviews on say.

Picture by Looser Oswald

Hotels on the Mountain Top

Mountain Top Hotel

Golden Rock Hotel

Kyaiktiyo Hotel: USD 45. The closest hotel to the Golden Rock.

Yoe Yoe Lay Guest House

Yoe Yoe Lay Hotel

Kyaw Kyaw Guesthouse

Golden Rock Tours from Yangon by Visit Myanmar from 250 USD/person.

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