Golden Rock (Mon State)
Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) Highlight
Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda known to the world as Golden Rock, famous for the huge golden rock perched at its summit, is one of the three most sacred religious sites in Myanmar, along with the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Mahamuni Temple.
Pilgrims come here from far and wide to worship and add gold leaf to the rock, which seems to defy gravity by delicately balancing on the edge of the 1100-metre high mountain. Another reason to make the journey is the panoramic 360 degree views of the surrounding Mon State Mountains from the summit.
If you want to take part in the full religious experience when you get to the summit, there is a fee to place some gold leaf on the rock, but only men are allowed to touch the rock.