Golden rock is situated right at the summit of Mount Kyaiktiyo. Including Shwedagon Pagoda and Mahamuni Temple, it is one of the three main religious sites in Myanmar. As a result, many people visit this site as part of their pilgrimage from various places all around the world to worship and add gold leaf to the rock. It is such as beautiful landmark and looks almost like it is about to roll off the 1100 meter mountain, however, fortunately, it has been carefully placed just so it does not!
Obviously, the Golden Rock itself is one reason to make this great journey but just as good as this is the fantastic 360 views that it provides, meaning that you can take photos of all around until your heart’s content. Although you can stay on top of the hair-raising Mount Kyaiktiyo in various hotels many people prefer to stay at the foot of it and ascend to the top to visit as a day trip. A good way to plan your visit is to arrive in Kinpun (the village at the bottom) in afternoon or evening and then make your way to the peak in the morning.
You can climb aboard the open top bus to make that journey that will take you through the jungle like scenes. Once you have reached around 1.5km to the summit you can either opt to go to walk, take the bus or for the more adventurous of you, take the cable car.
If you really want to feel like you have achieved a pilgrimage, then you can hike to the top on a 5-hour journey through the jungle canopy. Once you have reached the summit you can place some gold leaf on the rock, however, since ancient times only men are allowed to touch the rock.
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