The jewel in the crown of Mon State is Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, also known as Golden Rock and considered a miracle by Buddhist devotees.
The famous rock lies within a one-day drive of Yangon, at the peak of the forested Mt Kyaikhtiyo.
The jewel in the crown of Mon State is Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, also known as Golden Rock and considered a miracle by Buddhist devotees. The famous rock lies within a one-day drive of Yangon, at the peak of the forested Mt Kyaikhtiyo. Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is only 5.5 meters high, said to be enshrined with the Buddha's hair relic and resting on top of a huge boulder that balances on the edge of a cliff. The gold-covered rock is roughly in the shape of a man's head, and it is believed to represent the head of a hermit who had carried the Buddha's hair wrapped in his own topknot before he died. He had left instructions that such a boulder was to be found and the precious hair enshrined in a pagoda on its crest after his death. Golden Rock, which seems to be constantly on the verge of plunging down the mountainside, seems a miracle in itself and devotees are firm in their belief that a pilgrimage here will bring them good health and fortune. The route to the pagoda winds up through pretty scenery and is lined with many sites playing one part or another in the legend of the pagoda. Every year on the night of December 31, the Kyaikhtiyo platform glows with the light of 9000 lamps and is fragrant with 9000 flowers offered by pilgrims.
Mingun Bell king Bodawpaya dedicated a big bronze bell near the Mingun Zaydi (Pagoda) at Mingun on the west bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River, facing Mandalay. The bell is unique for its weight of 55555 viss, claiming the title of being the world's biggest ringing bell.