Golden Rock enshrining a Buddha hair relic
The Golden Rock is situated close to Kyaikto town, about 80 km east of Bago and 160 km northeast of Yangon. Golden Rock is one of the most important religious sites in Myanmar, not only for cultural reasons but also as it seems to defy the laws of gravity.
Golden Rock in the mountains northeast of Yangon is about 7.5 m high, precariously perched on the edge of a steep cliff. This golden pagoda is called Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, and legend has it that the rock is balanced atop a hair of Buddha. The rock is a granite boulder that was covered with gold leaf Buddhist devotees.
The Golden Rock is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for Buddhists in Myanmar. Every day many people come to the rock and pay their respect. Devotee pilgrims continue to apply gold leaf to the rock, as it is considered a great honor.
The rock balances on the edge of a cliff and it appears like it can fall down in the valley below it at any moment. Despite its local fame, it is not as well-known as other destinations like Bagan or Mandalay.
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