Then there are the thousands of devotees who flock to worship the majestic religious monuments like the Shwedagon Pagoda. However, if you venture out of town, you will be able to see one of the most ‘miraculous’ temples in Burma and in the world!
The Kyaiktiyo or Golden Rock Pagoda lies about 3-4 hours from Yangon. Once you reach the pagoda, you will realise that the long trip was well worth it. The Golden Rock Pagoda is perched so precariously on the edge of a cliff that you might think it’s about to fall off any moment.
However, the rock has been standing firm to the cliff since 2500 years ago so there’s no need to worry. While men of science say the phenomenon is due to a volcanic accident, devotees say that it is a miracle.
According to legend, at the bottom of the rock lies a strand of hair belonging to the Gautama Buddha that he gave to a hermit during his many visits to Myanmar. Whether it’s science or a miracle that is preventing the rock from hurtling down, one thing is for sure, it’s pretty amazing!
Those who come to worship the rock, paste square leaves of gold on it to express their devotion. If you’re not a believer in this, there are many other things for you to see and do at the pagoda.
The sun rise and sun set near the rock is said to be one of absolute wonder and beauty. During these times the pilgrims offer their prayers to Buddha, and the rhythmic chantings add a most mystic effect to the entire experience.
Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+