December 12, 2017
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On the Tourist Trail—The Golden Rock of Kyaiktiyo

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With the onset of cool season in Burma, many Rangoonites set out on the 130-mile drive (though it ...

With the onset of cool season in Burma, many Rangoonites set out on the 130-mile drive (though it might take four or five hours) down to Mon State where one of Buddhism’s most famous monuments sits.

And precariously it sits, at that!

Kyaiktiyo is a small pagoda built atop a giant boulder of granite. Over the centuries, devotees have covered the boulder with gold leaves to the extent that it can be seen on sunny days from miles away glowing on the horizon.

According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is balanced on a strand of the Buddha's hair.

Visitors and pilgrims must endure an exhausting climb to the top of the hill (or you may hire boys to carry you in a sedan).

As the number of foreign visitors increases in Burma, Kyaiktiyo will undoubtedly become one of the most popular attractions on the tourist trail. Therefore, those who prefer to see a cultural site in its more local setting should plan to head there soon.

After all, who knows what modern tourism facilities will arrive—a ski lift?

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