Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is located in Mon State. It is about 20kms from the town Kyaikhto. It is a 7.3 meters pagoda on top of a big "Golden Rock". The massive golden boulder is right on top of the Kyaikhto mountain.
Legend say that the boulder maintains its precarius balance due to a precisely placed Buddha hair inside the pagoda. Once there was a King who received the Buddha's hair in the 11th century from a hermit.
Shwe Nan Kyin Rest place on the way to Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda
The passage way to Kyaikhtiyo
The hermit instructed the King to search for a boulder whose shape resembled the hermit's head. Then they enshrined the hair in the pagoda and placed on top of the boulder. The King was said to have supernatural power due to his father who was a Zawgyi, an alchemist, and his mother, a Naga, dragon princess.
Inside the Shwe Nan Kyin rest place, some statues representation the tales of Kyaikthiyo
Around the pagoda are small Buddha images placed to donate and offer water.
Many visitors from far and near come to visit this place, as they considered Kyaikhiyo as a Sacred place like other pagodas in Myanmar.
The Golden Rock
Only a few area touches the base of the large stone and the ground.
A picture taken from under the golden rock
A picturesque scene of Kyaikhtiyo