KyaikHtiYo, the mystical pagoda stands on a gold gilded boulder, precariously perched on the edge of the hill over 1100 meters (3608 feet) above sea-level. Kyaikhto, the town at the foot of the hill, is about 160 km from Yangon. The pilgrims path is an 11 km (6.8 miles) uphill climb from Kinpun base camp, which takes about 4 hours up and about 3 hours down. There is also a steep winding road for 4 wheel drive cars from the base to the nearest point of the pagoda. There are many legends about the Pagoda and the “Nats” or “spirits”. It is believed by the Buddhist devotees that this Golden Rock Pagoda enshrines a hair relic of Lord Buddha.
The rock is a quite spectacular sight, especially at sunset when it’s lit up by the setting sun and electric lights gathering a huge crowd of pilgrims and monks.