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Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock)

Head off south east some 4 hours from Yangon to the fabulous Golden Rock or Kyaiktiyo in other name in the Mon State, you will be confronted by quite literally a huge granite boulder, covered in gold leaf layers which have been continuously added to by pilgrims over the centuries.

This balanced, rather nerve-shreddingly site, located on the jutting tip of a rocky outcrop and little visited by tourists and formerly off limits to foreigners, holds particular reverence with the devoutly Buddhist Burmese. A legend telling a story that the boulder maintains its precarious balance due to a precisely placed Buddha hair in the stupa.

As if that arrangement wasn’t precarious enough, a small pagoda has been lovely built on top of The Rock, and viewing platforms have been constructed around and underneath it making sure that every angle is covered. This attraction is without doubt one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites throughout the country. The Rock and its pagoda have survived several significant earthquakes, and visitors flock to the Kyaikhtiyo in pilgrimage between the full moon months from October to May, with the traffic reaching its peak in December especially from 24th December to 5th January. If possible, you should consider avoiding this period due to the severe shortage of accommodation and transportation.

Reaching the rock is not an easy task. Upon arrival, from the base camp at Kinpun Camp, you have the option to walk up the very steep and windy road to the top, or you can sit back and relax and be carried up in bamboo sedan chairs. Most of tourists will board a truck for the hour drive most of the way up the 3615ft mountain, with the final mile stretch being covered by foot. To top it off, you will be bewitched by a mesmeric sunset and it is the best way to immerse yourself in this holy place of pilgrimage and worship.

Accommodation here can be an issue. There are some guesthouses at the summit and some at the foot of Kinpun Camp. A number of restaurants and shops selling everything that a tourist would need, ranging from gold leaf to noodles that can easily found.












  • 3 star: Mountain Top Hotel, Shwe Hinthar Hotel Kyaikhtiyo, Golden Sunrise Hotel
  • 2 Star: Golden Rock Hotel, Bawga Theiddhi Hotel Kyaikhtiyo



  1. Mya Yeik Nyo – Southeast Asian food
  1. Seik Phu Taung Youth Development Centre – Within 2 km of Kyaiktiyo


Other Information About Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock)



Most travellers would choose to arrive overland, with 4-hour drive, enroute stop off the way to visit Bago.