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The Golden Rock

2 Days/ 1 Night

Day 1: Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo – Golden Rock

Day 2: Kyaikhtiyo – Bago – Yangon

Day 1: Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo – Golden Rock                                                                                                                          (-/-/-)

After early breakfast at hotel, depart Yangon for a journey by road to Kyaikhtiyo, the Golden Rock. First arrive at Kinpon base camp, then board on the modified flat back truck for about 45 minutes’ drive to top of the mountain. Dropped off at the truck station, from there walk about 10 minutes to get Golden rock.

( note: the truck will leave when all the seats sold out)

The Golden Rock Pagoda is the third holiest in Myanmar and believes to hold hair of the Buddha, remains balance on one foot square at the edge of a cliff.

(Overnight near Golden Rock)

Distances and approximate journey time:

  • Yangon-Kyaikhtiyo (167 km): 4h

Day 2: Kyaikhtiyo – Bago – Yangon        (B/-/-)

Early in the morning (about 5AM), there are options to observe unique cultural experience and photographic opportunity of both local and foreign pilgrims offerings to the Golden Rock Pagoda in the solitude of early morning, and also to see the rising sun casting its rays upon the rock if the weather permitted. Then walk back to the hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, return to base camp by truck and begin the return journey back to Yangon. On the way, stop at Hanthawadddy Bago. Bago, the capital of the Mon Kingdom in the 15th century with history and myths. After the conquest of Hanthawaddy in 1539 A.D by King Tabinshwehti, moved his capital to Bago and became important trading sea port in Asia.

First stops at Shwemawdaw Pagoda, stand  114 metres and recorded as the highest stupa in Myanmar, higher than Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, and can be seen from around 10 kilometres outside of the city. Then visit the reconstructed palace of Kambozathadi, built by king Bayintnaung,after that,continue to the 55-metres long reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha.The local legend say that the reclining Buddha was erected in 994AD by Migadhipa of Mon king to commemorate his conversion to Buddhism. Next,continue visit to a Mon neighborhood where locals produced woven textiles. From here continue the tour and visit the four seated Buddha at Kyaikpun. The term “Kyaik” means Pagoda, and “Pun” means four in Mon dialect. This unusual and impressive pagoda was built by King Dhammaceti in 1476 AD.

On the way back to Yangon, stop in Htaukkyan Township to visit the Allied War Cemetery. This beautifully-landscaped, peaceful area is the final resting place for more than 27,000 Allied soldiers who perished their life during the World War II campaign in Myanmar. The honouring and memorial service of fallen comrades is celebrated annually on Nov 11 at 11 hour.

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