Mt Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock) by leananiemand

Mt Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock)

What a mission it was to get there! From Kyaikto, I first took a Pick-up to Kinpun, but even that sounds easier than what it was. From Kinpun, trucks were running up the steep mountain. They packed us in like sardines, and the narrow benches were hard as stone and only about 6 inches wide.
Pilgrims come here in their thousand as it is said to be a place of miracles. The reason people come is to worship at a huge boulder that is perched on the very edge of the mountain. By now the rock is covered in gold-leave, and a stupa has been built on top. It is said that it contains a hair of Buddha donated by a hermit in the 11th century. Apparently, the hair was salvaged from the bottom of the sea and brought here by boat???. The boat subsequently turned to stone, and a rock resembling a boat is visible just a few hundred metres away.
Beautiful image, capture!
October 16th, 2015  
Absolutely wonderful and a big FAV
October 16th, 2015  
wow-zers!
October 16th, 2015  
amazing, looks well worth the trip.
October 16th, 2015  
astonishing!! i love travelling with you :)
October 16th, 2015  
Looks like something out of Game of Thrones! Fav.
October 16th, 2015  
How cool, what an amazing scene and pov!
October 16th, 2015  
Your pictures are always amazing and I so much appreciate your commentary that goes along with them. Fav
October 16th, 2015  
bep
Fav. Astonishing!
October 16th, 2015  
An incredible view! Very intriguing image!!
October 16th, 2015  
Amazing shot. Love the history. Thanks for sharing!
October 16th, 2015  
How interesting.
October 16th, 2015  
What a place!
October 16th, 2015  
Interesting story.
October 16th, 2015  
I love your explanations of many of your photos. This one is quite a story, isn't it! fav
October 16th, 2015  
Wonderful capture.
October 16th, 2015  
fab fav
October 16th, 2015  
Jo
Amazing. fav,
October 16th, 2015  
I've seen many images of this place of worship - but this is one of the best. Excellent.
October 16th, 2015  
Wonderful light on the golden rock.
October 16th, 2015  
What an impressive place. Fantastic shot!
October 16th, 2015  
The view is fantastic and the way the light hits the stupa is magical.
October 16th, 2015  
The shot is amazing worth the trip!!
October 16th, 2015  
Amazing light... what a very cool POV.
October 16th, 2015  
gosh this is amazing - Fav
October 16th, 2015  
Amazing and interesting too!
October 16th, 2015  
What a beautiful photo!
October 16th, 2015  
What a great place. I had never heard of it before.
October 16th, 2015  
stunning shot, so like the info.
October 16th, 2015  
Glad you got there safely. What an amazing icon
October 16th, 2015  
Wow that is an amazing place. The only thing I've seen like it is the monasteries of Metoera (I know I'm spelling that wrong!) in Greece.
October 16th, 2015  
what an awesome place and wonderful piece of information
October 17th, 2015  
That is some unusual history there! Must have been quite an experience getting there. It's hard to fathom the wonders you have seen!
October 17th, 2015  
Amazing shot.
October 17th, 2015  
Cool shot. Very interesting to look at.
October 17th, 2015  
Such an intriguing story.
October 17th, 2015  
Wonderful shot and a great story.
October 17th, 2015  
Awesome capture, incredible POV. Fav
October 17th, 2015  
Is that amazing, or what?!
October 17th, 2015  
fabulous shot and commentary
October 17th, 2015  
So very interesting!
October 17th, 2015  
wow
October 17th, 2015  
Thanks quite a story ... :)
October 17th, 2015  
Stunning view
October 17th, 2015  
Years ago I was talking to someone who pointed out that if you wanted to see the gold that was taken from the earth you need to go to churches. I have since realized that this fits for religious institution of many different religions. Christian churches, especially Catholic Cathedrals have lots of gold. So do many Buddhist and Hindu temples. The Golden Buddha in Bangkok is about 5.5 tonnes. The Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple has many tonnes of gold. What percentage of the world's gold do priests control?
October 17th, 2015  
Kim
Amazing capture and story to go along with it!
October 17th, 2015  
Wowzers - what a place! Beautifully captured!
October 17th, 2015  
Beautiful shot and thanks for the interesting tale.
Enjoy watching you adventures . Thanks for you visit and the nice comment.
October 17th, 2015  
Such an interesting story to go with a great pic.
October 17th, 2015  
Wow, what a scene! Love the setting, and of course, that humongous rock so precariously perched and covered in gold!! There are many reasons I would want to go back to Burma, and visiting this site is one of them....somehow it wasn't in our itinerary, but it is definitely on the bucket list. Glad you made it there!
October 17th, 2015  
what an amazing story and sight.
October 18th, 2015  
you really get to see some amazing places
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October 18th, 2015  
great shot and so very interesting ...thanks for sharing this Leana
October 18th, 2015  
Amazing...Fav
October 18th, 2015  
Your pictures and commentary are so fascinating, Leana! Thanks for sharing your world travels!
October 19th, 2015  
So unusual !!!
October 19th, 2015  
Sounds as believable as most myths, from whatever culture!
October 26th, 2015  
Beautiful! I didn't get to see this so I'm glad you shared it! Just about everything there is covered in gold leaf!
November 4th, 2015  
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