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Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock Pagoda)
This is one of the Myanmar's oldest religious and trekking tours, popular among people of all ages, crowding the hike uphill all the year round except rainy season of three months.
Start with a scenic drive of 190 km to the east of Yangon to Kin-Pun base camp. Hike uphill 12 km to reach the platform of Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock), a 5.5 meter high pagoda built on a gold gilded boulder that rest precariously on the mountain edge, about 3600 ft above sea level.
Windy cyclone had blown, earthquake had disturbed, but this balancing pagoda on top of the golden rock at the very edge of the cliff, survived for thousands of years.
A legend suggests that the boulder maintains its balance due to a precisely placed Buddha hair within the pagoda.

This hike from the base camp is a test of one's endurance and faith to climb and reach summit. You can also choose an easier way driving uphill on the open truck to Yathetaung about 1 km trekking up to the platform. The scene of the devotees worshipping on the pagoda platform is fascinating and landscapes around its environ at sunset and sunrise are very nice.

The night scene is also fascinating and the enthusiasm of the people, breathtaking. Overnight stay on the platform witness beautiful sunset view of the environ and display of light at the pagoda at night and people offering Soon (alms) to the pagoda at dawn.

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