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Kyite Htee Yoe - To the top of one of the Famous Pagodas in Myanmar Kyite Htee Yoe - To the top of one of the Famous Pagodas in Myanmar

Kyite Htee Yoe – To the top of one of the Famous Pagodas in Myanmar

Kyite Htee Yoe – To the top of one of the Famous Pagodas in Myanmar

 
Kyite Htee Yoe Pagoda also known as Golden Rock is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Myanmar. It is a small pagoda (7.3 metres (24 ft)) built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha’s hair.

The Golden Rock seems to defy gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill. The rock and the pagoda are at the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo. It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Burma after the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Mahamuni Pagoda. A glimpse of the “gravity defying” Golden Rock is believed to be enough of an inspiration for any person to turn to Buddhism.

There are a few ways to reach to the top of the hill. You can hike from Kimpun, which takes longer (about 5-6 hours) and more exhausting than taking the truck, but the walk can feel lovely. You can feel the spectacular views, jungle air and nearby waterfalls along the way. You can also enjoy completely green mountains, sunset and sunrise from the top of the hill.

As an alternative, porters can carry you up on a sedan chair on poles. Do not worry if you feel uncomfortable being carried, in Myanmar it is quite common that older or wealthy people let the porters earn.

The beauty of Kyaik Htee Yoe is to observe the pilgrims praying, lighting candles and donating thin gold leaves on the boulder, which however is only permitted for males. There are plenty of buildings around for religious purposes but also to provide for the many pilgrims in several ways.

Next thing is that if you make visit to Kyaik Htee Yoe, you can feel the beauty of the nature because the trail is made across the rain forest. Along the way, you can also learn about the culture of Myanmar people _ how they live and how they make their living, especially the villagers.

If you reach there, another place you must not fail to pay a visit is the pleasant Waterfall. Fortunately, if the day you travel to Kyaik Htee Yoe is on the festival days, you can enjoy both the festivals and Myanmar cuisine.

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