Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, known to the west as “Golden Rock,”perches on the edge of a cliff at the top of Kyaikhto Mountains in Mon State, part of the Eastern Yoma. Insignificant in size but unique for its position, “Golden Rock” is the most meditative and popular tourist attraction in Mon State.

A small Stupa rests on top of a big boulder covered in gold leaf, which balances on the cliff, thanks to a Sacred Hair of the Buddha enshrined or preserved inside the Stupa. Kyaikhtiyo is 160 km from Yangon and is an important place of pilgrimage for all Buddhists.

There is a well-beaten path up to the top of the mountain from the base-camp. Devotees usually climb uphill about 13 km on foot from the base-camp. However, there are typically open-top trucks to take journey up Mount Kyaikhtiyoe, which rushes alarmingly through the spectacular view of mountain scenery like riding roller coaster. 

Yathae Taung is a stopping point, located 1.5 kilometer from summit, there are ways to choose – walk fairly steep and arduous route to top of Kyaikhtiyoe Mountain, take the open-top truck onwards or get Myanmar’s First Cable Car to summit. All the tiredness along the way disappears once one reaches the top since a spectacular view waits there, especially at sunrise or sunset.