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The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda
Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, now also known as the Golden Rock Pagoda, is situated on Mount Kyaiktiyo at an altitude of 3615 ft (1102 meters) above sealevel in the state of Mon and about 130 mile (.210 km) from the Sun. This pagoda was constructed more than 2500 years ago.
According to tradition, the pilgrimage was erected on a reliquary of a Buddha's own ancestor. He appreciated the holy coat in his topknot until he found a stone similar to his own on which he could place a holiness for anchor.
The name " Kyaiktiyo " is deduced from "Kyaik-Thi-Yo", "the coupe wore on the skull of a hermit". One of the miracles of the word, it is located on top of a giant, almost egg-shaped granite block. The block of stone (now fully gilded) stands on a plinth.
Gold-plated block and stone tables are two distinct parts, the block balances the edge of the inclined face of the stone and overhangs it by almost half its length. At the other side, the cliff is a few meters from the remainder of the mound, which is now complemented by a small pedestrian walk.
Through a slight swinging of the block of rocks, a string can be led between it and the rocker. There is no known what strange laws have kept the boulders in their perilous state for many hundreds of years and despite several severe quakes; but devout Buddhists trace them back to the strength of the hair reliquary anchored in the pagoda, which is a fervent confirmation of Myanmar's mysticism.
Though small, it is one of the most venerated and acclaimed in Myanmar. One of the miracles of Southeast Asia, the Golden Rock Pagoda is recognised by the tourism authorities of the ASEAN countries.