The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda - visiting the Golden Rock in Myanmar.
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On the far side of the square a steep flight of steps takes you down to a narrow and busy market area - if you follow on along here you can then climb back up via a covered walkway to the highest point on the mountain. *** one of the reasons for carrying your shoes is that you can wear them again if chosing to walk on past the square up to the mountain top.
To go back down the mountain just return to the truck-stop and try and pick one which is nearly full so nearly due to leave - they do go very frequently i.e. once full up
but maybe sometimes wait until 3 or 4 are ready to leave. The journey down is perhaps even more "interesting" than going up - they drive much quicker and hammer their
brakes right on the start of the hairpins - so the trucks tend to sway around a fair bit - perhaps not for the nervous.
Is it worthwhile going to The Golden Rock Pagoda is perhaps a reasonable thought. Kinpun and hence the Pagoda itself are quite some distance from other locations in Myanmar - obviously if travelling between for instance Yangon and Mawlamyaing then a stop off is quite reasonable to do but going there specifically from say Yangon is quite an expensive proposition. From a tourist point of view - rather than visiting for religious reasons - there is not really much to see there considering what is involved.
Also the cost of getting up to the Pagoda is somewhat high for foreigners at USD12 plus accommodation costs all add up. And in the end probably most people will only spend maybe an hour or so looking round at the top. Of course the fact is that the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is unusual and is a very important part of Burmese culture and so visiting it is quite desirable from a tour of the country and seeing as much as possible of it.
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- Visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda and Stupa in Yangon Myanmar
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