Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock)

Yet another well-known shrine is the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda which lies in Mon State. Located 20 km away from the town Kyaikhto, it is 7.3 meters high and is perched atop a large “Golden Rock”. This massive golden boulder sits on the top of the Kyaikhto Mountain.

Legend has it that in the 11th Century, one of the Kings was blessed with a sacred gift. A certain hermit presented him with the Buddha’s hair. It is widely believed that the boulder is precariously balanced on the top because of the strategic placement of the sacred hair somewhere inside the pagoda.

The king it is said was instructed by the hermit to look for a boulder that was shaped like the hermit’s head. When the boulder was located, the sacred hair was enshrined in the pagoda which was in turn placed on top of this special boulder. The King was believed to have supernatural powers given to him by his father who was a Zawgyi, an alchemist, while his mother, a Naga was a dragon princess.

This pagoda attracts visitors from far and wide as Kyaikhiyo is recognized as a sacred site just as the other pagodas in Myanmar.

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