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Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, Kin Pun

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A massive gilded boulder, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda defies gravity on the edge of a steep cliff overlooking the densely forested area of Mount Kyaiktiyo west of Yangon. Standing at 1,100 m (3,609 ft) and entirely covered with golden leaves pasted on by monks, this magnificent balancing granite rock serves as the base of a small 7.3 m (24 ft) tall pagoda enshrining a hair of Buddha. The 7.6 m (25 ft) natural wonder resembles the head of an ascetic, making the spot one of Burma's most sacred Buddhist sites. Many observation decks provide 360-degree panoramas of the area. Take a crowded open-top truck at a stop some 1.5 km (1 mi) from the summit or hike to the top. Note that women may not touch the rock. Make Kyaiktiyo Pagoda a centerpiece of your Kin Pun vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Kin Pun trip itinerary planner .
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  • the most beautiful and particular thing I've seen in Burma along with Lake Inle. If you can, don't miss it. Burma is full of temples, after a while they are all the same. This pagoda is different, mystical and beautiful. A must: stop in the evening to sleep in one of the hotels that are at the top, maybe it will cost a little but the experience is absolutely unmissable, when the candle lights light up, the monks arrive, the pilgrims and everything becomes even more magical....
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  • This is one of the place that we visit in our Myanmar’s trip. We drive around 6 hours from Yangon to Kyaiktiyo. Visitors have to take truck to reach the top of the mountain. Seats are not so comfortab...  more »
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