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Kyaiktiyo Pagoda by night
Myanmar (Burma), Mt. Kyaiktiyo, March 2012

The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, also known as Golden Rock, is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State of Myanmar. It is a small pagoda (7.3 metres (24 ft)) built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha's hair. The rock seems to defy gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill. The rock and the pagoda are at the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo. It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Burma after the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Mahamuni Pagoda. A glimpse of the "gravity defying" Golden Rock is believed to be enough of an inspiration for any person to turn to Buddhism.
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Apr 21 2012 17:09 GMT Lie
Great rock with gold...nice places did you visit !
Apr 21 2012 17:11 GMT peterpinhole
Interesting info and image.
Apr 21 2012 17:29 GMT pauli3522
Apr 21 2012 17:41 GMT 25barb
Wonderful lighting, presentation, Gold is beautiful
Apr 21 2012 18:06 GMT happysnaper
Fantastic shot Peter.
Apr 21 2012 18:08 GMT elsje323
great shot and info
Apr 21 2012 18:29 GMT skyball
Interesting!!..it does make wonder..great catch!!!!!!.....
Apr 21 2012 18:30 GMT Midworlder PRO
Apr 21 2012 18:49 GMT SIGMUND
Apr 21 2012 19:37 GMT Annamaria
A Golden stone with a fitting story!
Apr 21 2012 20:00 GMT marioalbertina
WOW ! !.........
Apr 21 2012 20:05 GMT hallo
Apr 21 2012 23:45 GMT Myshots
Fantastic shot of this gold leafed rock, and interesting notes......
Apr 22 2012 06:29 GMT MargNZ
Fascinating rock .... thanks for the link Peter :)
Apr 22 2012 08:09 GMT Bellavista
Very interesting Peter!
Apr 22 2012 14:13 GMT Lalbabu
Excellent shot & a great info,but as regards "gravity defying" I have seen a lot of such rocks on different mountains & hillocks in India.
Apr 23 2012 06:04 GMT senna3
Thanks for all nice comments!
Apr 23 2012 13:41 GMT doramandragora
What a sight! What an inspiration!
Apr 23 2012 15:37 GMT wijnie58
Thats a big golden rock, Peter..:-))
Apr 23 2012 16:57 GMT senna3
Thanks Doris!