Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Myanmar. It is a small pagoda built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees .
A little stupa shrine on top of the rock is believed to contain Buddha’s hair relics .This is a special place to visit and observe all aged pilgrims from all corners of the country paying homage to the shrine.
Pilgrims make the 11km climb up the hairpin path from the base of the mountain (Kinpun village) but you can take a one hour drive up in one of the authorised shuttle trucks to a terminus near the top. The trucks are fitted out with bench seats in the open trays, a typically Myanmar adventure. At the terminus, you commence a 30 minutes hike up to the pagoda by soft trekking . There are numerous hotels at the foot of the mountain ,based camp and three hotels at the top. There are amazing sunsets and sunrises to see and the huge rock shows its most beautiful colour at dawn and dusk, while the devotees offer food to Buddha, light up candles and meditate all through the night.