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Kyaiktiyo

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Kyaiktiyo, also known as Golden Rock, consists of a boulder covered in gold, on the top of which a small pagoda has been built. The gravity-defying boulder lies on an inclined rock slab with a small area of contact, overhanging for half its length. It is said that it is a strand of Buddha's hair enshriend in it, which prevents the rock from tumbling down the hill. Kyaiktiyo is the focus of an extraordinary Buddhist pilgrimage site with great devotion and atmosphere, and relatively few tourists.

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Busses and sign at base station. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Trucks carrying pilgrims to the top. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Monk walking barefoot on the path to the Golden Rock. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Vistor carried by porters on sedan chair,. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Kelasa Hilltop with golden rock in the distance. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Young men play chin lone (kick volleyball) at Yatetaung. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Pilgrims on platform below Golden Rock. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Morning food offering and pilgrims with cold weather hats. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Monks lighting candles. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Monks praying at the Golden Rock balancing boulder. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Monks standing in prayer near the Golden rock at sunrise. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Pilgrim prays to the gleaming Golden Rock at sunset. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Golden Rock balancing boulder stupa and monks at dawn. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Sunset colors the sky above the Golden Rock. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Platforms around the Golden Rock at sunset. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Bridge to the Golden rock with last light on horizon. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Pilgrims pray with candles behind the Golden Rock. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Offerings to the Buddha continues throughout the night at the Golden Rock. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Crowds on main plaza at night. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Pilgrims camp on the plaza. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Entrance to Potemkin village of restaurants and souvenir shops. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Food vendors and souvenir shops at night, Potemkin village. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Girls carry offering material up the stairs of Potemkin village at night. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Colorfully lit guesthouses for Burmese people. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Bus leaving base station with 35 passengers in the back. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Truck carrying pilgrims to the top of Kelasa Hill. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Medicinal shop on the path to the Golden Rock. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Golden Rock souvenirs for sale. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Women walk with platers of food on their heads. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Infant girl. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Child walking past sedan chairs. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Golden rock and Kyaiktiyo Pagoda precincts. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Close-up of food offerings. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Pilgrim and food offerings behind Golden Rock at dawn. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Monks kneeling in prayer at the Golden Rock. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Golden Rock and monk, late afternoon. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Golden Rock and Kyaiktiyo Pagoda at sunset. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Monk standing on Golden Rock looks into the valley. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Pilgrims look at the Golden Rock from lower platform at sunset. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Golden Rock and lower platform at dawn. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Golden rock gleaming at dawn. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Pilgrims affix golden leaves to balancing boulder stupa at dawn. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Pilgrims wake up after sleeping on plaza behind Golden Rock. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Pilgrims light up candles behind the Golden Rock at dusk. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Pilgrims pray next to the Golden Rock. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Golden Rock at night. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Restaurants at night, Potemkin village. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Food vendors reading, Potemkin village. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color) Women at street food stalls, Potemkin village. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar ( color)
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