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Kyaikhteeyoe Pagoda

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Pilgrimage to the Golden Rock Thaton District  Myanmar

Pilgrimage to the Golden Rock

In October I was lucky enough to make the journey to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda in Mon State, Myanmar with my colleague Jamie on a trip for work.

Myanmar has always been one of my favorite countries to visit but I'd previously never had the opportunity to visit the Golden Rock though it has been near the top of my 'must-see' list for as long as I can remember.

The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is the name of the small 7.3-meter pagoda that rests on top of the large gravity-defying rock which has been painted gold by pilgrimage makers.

What makes the site such a mesmerizing attraction however, is The Golden Rock itself that holds the pagoda appears to be delicately hanging over the edge of the cliff, threatening to topple at any moment.

The pagoda atop the rock apparently holds a hair from Buddha’s head, which is said to be the reason the gravity-defying boulder has never tumbled over the edge.

Unfortunately for me, women aren't allowed to go up to the rock, but Jamie has documented his thoughts in our Backyard Travel blog: