Kyaikto (Golden Rock) – Yangon Attractions
Kyaikto (Golden Rock) or the Kyaikto Pagoda is located in Mon State Myanmar at a distance of 210 kilometers from Yangon. It is a popular pilgrimage comprising a small pagoda on top of granite boulder. This is also referred to as the Golden Rock as it is covered with gold leaves that have been pasted on it by pilgrims visiting the place. Legend has it that the rock is situated on top of a strand of Buddha’s hair. The rock is balanced in such a way that it apparently seems to defy gravity. The pagoda and the rock are situated at the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo. It is one of the most important pilgrimages in the country apart from the Mahamuni Pagoda and the Shwedagon Pagoda.
It is said that during one of its visits to the pagoda, Lord Buddha gave a strand of his hair to the hermit, Taik Tha. The hermit in turn gave the strand of hair to the king who wanted the hair to be enshrined in a boulder that resembled the head of the hermit. The gleaming boulder on which the Pagoda has been built is 7.6m in height and has a circumference of 15m.
The Kyaikto (Golden Rock) is a popular tourist attraction. The best time to visit the place is between November and March. The Full Moon day of Tabaung which happens to fall in the month of March is a special occasion. The pagoda is decorated with 90,000 candles on this day with pilgrims offering food, fruits and incense to the Lord.