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"Bago (Kyaiktiyo)" Myanmar (Burma) Things to Do Tip by worldtraveler55

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Kyaiktiyo

The sublime balancing boulder stupa, called Kyaiktiyo is a major pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists and tourists alike.
The small stupa, just 7.3 meters high, sits atop the Golden Rock, a massive, gold-leafed boulder delicately balanced on the edge osf a cliff at the top of Mt. Kyaikto.
Legens states that the boulder maintains its precarious balane due to a precisely placed Buddha hair in the Stupa.
Apparently King Tissa recieved the Buddha hair in the 11th century from a hermit who had secreted the hair in his own topknot.
The hermit instructed the king to search for a boulder whose shape resembled the hermit's head, and the enshrine the hair in a stupa on top.
The king, who inherited supernatural powers as a result of his birth to a zawgyu (an accomplished alchemist) father and naga (dragon serpent) princess, found the rock at the bottom of the sea, and transported it to the top of this mountain.

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  • Written Feb 4, 2007
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