A small Stupa rests on top of a big boulder covered in gold leaf, which balances on the cliff, thanks to a Sacred Hair of the Buddha enshrined or preserved inside the Stupa. Kyaikhtiyo is 160 km from Yangon and is an important place of pilgrimage for all Buddhists.
There is a well-beaten path up to the top of the mountain from the base-camp. Devotees usually climb uphill about 13 km on foot from the base-camp. However, there are typically open-top trucks to take journey up Mount Kyaikhtiyoe, which rushes alarmingly through the spectacular view of mountain scenery like riding roller coaster.
Yathae Taung is a stopping point, located 1.5 kilometer from summit, there are ways to choose – walk fairly steep and arduous route to top of Kyaikhtiyoe Mountain, take the open-top truck onwards or get Myanmar’s First Cable Car to summit. All the tiredness along the way disappears once one reaches the top since a spectacular view waits there, especially at sunrise or sunset.
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