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Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock)
Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock)

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock)

Thaton District, Myanmar

Practical Info

If you are setting out to see the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda from the capital Yangon, the four-hour drive to the basecamp in Kinpun is best made by taxi or by bus from the Aung Mindalar Bus Station. From this town at the foot of the Kyaikhtiyo Mountain, further progress is only possible by pickup truck. Another 45 bumpy minutes later, all motorized transport ceases at the second basecamp and the last leg of the journey has to be completed via a steep four-kilometer hike up the mountain. People who aren’t in great shape can also hire a bamboo litter to carry them the rest of the way. The sacred site can be visited at all times of day, but sunrise and sunset is said to be especially magical.

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