Golden Rock

Home to one of the most remarkable Buddhist sites in Southeast Asia, ‘Golden Rock’, officially known as Kyaiktiyo (pronounced Tcha-tee-o), attracts visitors and religious pilgrims to trek to the gravity-defying golden marvel at its summit. According to legend, the Golden Rock is precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha's hair.

Golden Rock...

The jewel in the crown of Mon State is Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, also known as Golden Rock and considered a miracle by Buddhist devotees. The famous rock lies within a one-day drive of Yangon, at the peak of the forested Mt Kyaikhtiyo.

Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is 5.5 meters high, said to be enshrined with the Buddha’s hair relic and resting on top of a huge boulder that balances on the edge of a cliff. The gold-covered rock is roughly in the shape of a man’s head, and it is believed to represent the head of a hermit who had carried the Buddha’s hair wrapped in his own topknot before he died.

Legend claims that the rock balances on a hair of the Buddha, giving it the spiritual tenacity to remain perched at the edge of the cliff, 3600 ft (1100 m) above a valley.

Kyaiktiyo is an easy stopover on the way to Mawlamyine or Hpa-an in Southeastern Myanmar.


  • Rise early to see the sensational views at the top of the Golden Rock at sunrise
  • Join Burmese locals and hike up to the summit & back down
  • Travel the local way and take a truck to get to the top from the basecamp
  • Relax for an extended period at the mountaintop Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, contemplating how the bright glare of afternoon, the soft light of dusk and descending darkness of evening change the appearance of the Golden Rock over the course of hours
  • Sample local delicacies in town


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