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Myanmar: KyiteHteeYoe – the pagoda on the hermit’s head

18/05/2012

Golden Rock, in Myanmar language known as KyiteHteeYoe Pagoda, located some 160km southeast of Yangon, on one peak of eastern mountain range of 1200-meters, deep inside the dense rainforest of Mon State.
It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Burma after the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Mahamuni Pagoda.

Women are not allowed to touch the rock.

The Full Moon day of Tabaung in March, is a special occasion for pilgrims who visit the shrine.

Buddhists in Myanmar generally believe that the rock boulder and the original stupa were built last 2400-years ago, during the lifetime of Buddha.

Pilgrims worship in front of the Golden Rock in Kyaikhtiyo. Photo AFP/Getty Images, February 2012.

The pagoda on the hermit’s head. Pilgrims worship in front of the Golden Rock in Kyaikhtiyo. Photo AFP/Getty Images, February 2012.

Volume of the Rock: 244.58 M3
Density of the Rock: 2.5 Ton/M3
Weight of the Rock: 611.5 Tons
Height of the Rock: 8.15 m (26ft, 9 in)
Kind of the Rock: Granite
Contact area: 0.714 sq-m (7.69 sq-ft)

Volume of the Stupa: 9.26 M3
Density of the Stupa: 2.1 Ton/M3
Weight of the Stupa: 19.45 Tons
Height of the Stupa: 33ft, 2 in

KyiteHteeYoe. Photo pyjama  Ross Thomson. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rpt/157125556/in/photostream/

KyiteHteeYoe. Photo pyjama Ross Thomson.

* Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) @ tzone.mm, Room (9/A), No-2, Sagawar Condo, Moe Kaung Road, Yankin Township, Yangon, Myanmar.

* GOLDEN ROCK (Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda) @ http://MyanmarTravel.cc (Yangon Head Office: No. 422-426, FJVC Centre, Level 4, Room No. 4, Strand Road (Corner of Botahtaung Pagoda Road), Yangon 11161, Myanmar.)

* Golden Rock photostream

* Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in the morning

* Golden Rock near Kyaikto, Myanmar

* Golden Rock

* Golden Rock Hotel – Kyaikhtiyo

* Burma

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