KYAIKHTIYO PAGODA, known as “Golden Rock,” perches on the edge of a cliff at the top of Kyaikhto mountains range, part of the Eastern Yoma. This magnificent “Golden Rock” is the most meditative and popular tourist attraction in Mon State. A small Stupa rests on top of a big boulder covered in gold leaf, which balances on the cliff thanks to a Sacred Hair of the Buddha enshrined or preserved inside the Stupa. The famous legendary Pagoda on the Golden Rock about 160 Km from Yangon and 11 km of hiking from the base camp at Kyaikhto. This pagoda is situated on a rocky mountain 3615 ft above sea level. The pagoda is said to have been built during the life-time of the Buddha over 2400 years ago.
Before, it was a rare place which was very hard to reach. Nowadays, there are many more convenient transportations and Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda can be accessible easily. There are also convenient accommodations for visitors.
Kyaikhtiyo pagoda is usually visited from October to March every year. The famous legendary Pagoda on the Golden Rock is about 160 km from yangon and 11 km of hiking from the base camp at Kyaikhtiyo. Visitors can also go by car up to the point about a mile away from the Pagoda. This pagoda is situated on a rocky mountain 3615 ft above sea level. Especially on the full moon day of Tabaung, the platform of the pagoda is lighted with ninety thousand candles offered to the Buddha and thousands of worshippers gather around the pagoda offering fruits, foods incense to the Buddha. Sometimes reflected rays of color from the Buddha’s image were said to have been observed by the worshippers.