KYAIKTIYO PAGODA WITH GOLDEN ROCK

The highlight is a small stupa on a large boulder which seems falling down any moment.

Legend has it that the boulder keeps it’s balance due to a Buddha hair. Kyaiktiyo is a “must” pilgrimage for any Myanmar Buddhist, probably second to Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon only. The beauty is to observe the pilgrims praying, lighting candles and putting thin gold leaves on the boulder, which however is only permitted for males. There are plenty of buildings around for religious purposes but also to cater for the many pilgrims.