The Historical Religious Site of Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (the Golden Rock), Is Pictured On This Attractive Fridge Magnet
This amazing spectacle is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Burma (also known as Myanmar). It is a sight that seems to defy gravity as the rock permanently appears to be about to topple over the edge of the hill on which it is situated. Although the rock is made of granite the ‘golden’ description comes from the fact that it has been decorated with many gold leaves by devotees. Atop the rock is a 7.3 metres tall pagoda. It is said that the sight of the rock seemingly defying gravity is sufficient to convert anyone visiting to Buddhism. A little piece of memorabilia of this wonderful structure can be owned in the shape of this resin fridge magnet available to buy from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.
The Legend Of Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (the Golden Rock)
Buddhist legend states that the Buddha gave a strand of his hair to a hermit who in turn gave it to the king stating that he wished it to be enshrined in a boulder in the shape of his head. The king’s father was an alchemist and his mother was a serpent princess; he inherited powers from them. With the help of Thagyamin, king of Tawadeintha Heaven, the king found a boulder at the bottom of the sea and it was transported to Kyaiktiyo by boat. A pagoda was built on top of the boulder to enshrine the Buddha hair and it is the hair that prevents the boulder from falling. The legend goes on to state that the boat which was used to transport the boulder turned to stone and is now Kyaukthanban Pagoda or stupa which is situated about three hundred metres away from Kyaiktiyo Pagoda and is itself visited by pilgrims.
Visiting Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (the Golden Rock)
Built in the Paung-laung ridge of the Eastern Yoma mountains, the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is one of the most popular destinations in Burma (known as Myanmar). The pagoda is one thousand one hundred metres above sea level in a jungle region. Visitors are required to make a long journey to get there starting at Kyaikhto which is one hundred and sixty kilometres from Yangon by road or by rail. Yangon (also known as Rangoon), is the largest city in Burma (Myanmar). From Kyaikhto pilgrims must travel fifteen kilometres by road to Kinponsakhan which is the base camp for the climb up the ridge. The climb is difficult but there are more than twenty camps on the route with names such as Yaymyaunggalay (small water gully) and Bopyantaung (Point of Grandpa’s Return). These camps are a place for rest and sustenance. The alternative to climbing the ridge is to undertake a hazardous drive until the last 1.5 kilometres. This last part of the journey has to be undertaken on foot or by utilising a bamboo sedan which is carried by four men.
Yangon (also known as Rangoon) is the former capital of Burma (Myanmar) and its largest city with a population of over five million. It is served by an international airport which is approximately thirty minutes north of the city centre. Examples of colonial architecture are displayed in Yangon, often in a decaying state. Nonetheless they are a reminder of the British colonial times, in a city that is also influenced by China and India. According to legend the city is built on the site of the Shwedagon Pagoda which was built around the time of Buddha. Yangoon is subject to Monsoons and has three distinct seasons. From June to October it is the rainy season, followed by a drier, cooler period from November to February, and then heat and dryness from March to May. Whether or not you visit this exotic city and country you can have a memento of Burma (Myanmar) in your home with this resin fridge magnet depicting the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda and available to buy now from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.