Kyaiktiyo Pagoda – The Golden Rock Myanmar

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda – The Golden Rock Myanmar

The gravity defying Kyaiktiyo Pagoda has always been an important religious shrine amongst the Burmese Buddhist community. Now, with more and more tourists visiting the country each year, the oddly balanced Golden Rock has become a tourist attraction for foreigners…

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda – The Golden Rock Myanmar


Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (also known as Golden Rock) is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Burma. It is a small pagoda (7.3 metres (24 ft)) built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by its male devotees.

The Golden Rock itself, according to legend, perches itself on a strand of the Buddha’s hair. The balancing rock seems to defy gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill.

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The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda in all it’s glory

How To Get To Kyaiktiyo Pagoda And Costs

Upon arrival at Kyaiktiyo bus depot you’ll have to get a tuk tuk to your hotel. If you’re staying anywhere near Base Camp (which we recommend) then don’t pay more than 8,000 Kyat.

The next morning you can walk from your hotel to the truck stop in the middle of town. Trucks shuttle up and down to the rock from 6.00am to 5.30pm everyday. They fit around 50 people in per journey and it will cost you 2000 Kyat per person. The journey up takes roughly half an hour

Drop off is at the entrance to the golden rock town where you still have a good 20 minute walk to the entrance Kyaiktiyo Pagoda itself.

Foreigner entrance price for the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is 10,000 Kyat.

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How to get up to the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

Tips And Tricks

Prepare for a bumpy ride to and from the Golden Rock. If you can grab a seat on the end of a row – you’ll feel the breeze from the fast paced drive and hopefully end up a little less squished.

Head out early to avoid the heat. We left at 8am and were on the way down before the hottest point of the day. We wouldn’t want to be heading up anytime after late morning!

The Golden Rock is literally the only thing to do in Kyaiktiyo, so you won’t need more than a nights accomodation.

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The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is SUPER popular and they cram as many people as they can in these trucks!

Where To Stay Near The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

The Golden Sunrise Hotel – We spent a night here and it was perfect. Just outside the main Base Camp town it was beautifully decorated amongst palm trees and with A/C, a large ensuite and hot water you can’t go wrong.

You can also check out the prices of other places to stay near the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda here.

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This trip was sponsored by Myanmar Tourism

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