The Legend about The Spiritual Rock in Myanmar

The town of Kyaiktiyo, Mon State, Myanmar, is home to the unique Kyaiktiyo temple, located at the top of Mount Kyaiktiyo at 1,100m. This is one of the three most famous pilgrimage sites in Myanmar, after Mahamuni Temple and Shwedagon Temple. From the stop at Kyaiktiyo town to Golden Rock, travellers have to travel by special means, trucks. Whether they are civilians, tourists or respectable priests, they still have to climb to the top of the mountain by sitting in a bucket, sitting on top of truck, even sticking out of the old truck to overcome the 700m to the top of towering Mount Kyaiktiyo.



From the stop at Kyaiktiyo town to Golden Rock, travellers have to travel by special means, trucks. Whether they are civilians, tourists or respectable priests, they still have to climb to the top of the mountain by sitting in a bucket, sitting on top of truck, even sticking out of the old truck to overcome the 700m to the top of towering Mount Kyaiktiyo.

From the height of 700m to the top, pilgrims and visitors can walk to the end of the journey. It is also possible to choose a special service only available here: using palanquin to transfer people to the mountain.  Many people choose this service because the distance is not far but slope is very steep. There are many ramps that discourage even the most healthy visitors. There were many people who gave up midway because of fatigue. Slowly, the palanquin carries visitors to the magical gilded boulder.



The sacred stone - Golden Rock is located on another rock through 2,000 years of history. Located on the edge of the mountain, the rock seems to fall down at any moment. At the top, there is a tower about 7.3 meters high. The Golden Rock is famous for its precariousness (the contact with the mountain is only 78 cm square) and the surface is gradually gilded by Buddhist pilgrims. Kyaiktiyo Temple was built in 574 BC and is considered one of the wonders of the Golden Temple country.

 According to legend, the Buddha gave a hair to a hermit named Taik Tha. This hermit kept the Buddha's hair carefully. Before dying, he handed the hair to his adopted son, King Tissa, ruled Myanmar in the eleventh century, with the words, "Save this relic in a hermit-shaped rock".

Obeying his father, King Tissa, with the help of the gods, found a large stone at the top of Mount Kyaiktiyo, building a temple on the top to worship the relics of the Buddha. And it is believed that, thanks to the hair of the Buddha, this stone perched precariously in a dangerous position for hundreds of years. Many people believe that this is a magical mystery of nature.

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