Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) A Full Travel Guide

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda also called Golden Rock in Myanmar is one of the things that you can’t miss it. Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is a Buddhist pilgrimage located in Mon State. You can get to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda by bus from Yangon and Bago. It will be an amazing experience and we will tell you all the details for visiting Kyaiktiyo Pagoda.

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How to get to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

If you want to get from Yangon to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda the buses will take 6 hours and it will cost around $8 USD and you can book here. If you are coming from Bago the local bus will take around 3 hours and it will cost around $4-5 USD.

You can also go for a day trip from Yangon. You will wake up early and you will go back in the evening. Click here to book a day tour to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda with Klook!

Once in Kinpun you have two options to climb up to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock). There are local buses leaving from Kinpun and it will take 30 minutes to get to the top. The price is around $2 USD.

You can also do the pilgrimage as I did and it will take 4 hours. You will go hiking early morning with locals. There are shops to buy food and drinks if you need. Once you get to the top and you see Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, you can go down for the same way which will be easier than going up. Or you can get the shuttle bus going down to Kinpun.

KYAIKTIYO PAGODA (GOLDEN ROCK)

Golden Rock, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda entrance fee

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda was one of my favorite destination in Myanmar. I slept in Kinpun and from there I walked a few hours to get the Golden Rock. The way was really nice. I was walking between thousands of local people. At that time was one of the most famous holiday in Myanmar and the way was full of people. It’s a Buddhist pilgrimage way.

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

It’ll be a 16-km hike and would take you around 3-4 hours to get at the top to make 1100 meters. But the experience will be precious because you can engage some conversations with the locals, and learn more about their culture.

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

You can find during the way different places to drink water, juice or buy food on your way to the Golden Rock. Once you finished your walked, you will see a huge Golden Rock where Burmese people are praying.

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

You can go and touch the Golden Rock but only if you are a man. Women aren’t allowed to touch the rock, but men gather around the bottom of it, kneeling in prayer while wrapped in the smoke of incense. The Golden Rock can be any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset is especially magical!

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

If you don’t want to do the pilgrimage way. There are trucks which are bringing people up to the Golden Rock and down to Kinpun. When I was leaving the Golden Rock, there was a long queue of people waiting for the trucks because of the special date.

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda Entrance Fee

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda entrance fee is $7 USD or 10000 Kyats. It’s totally worth it the visit as off the beaten path in Myanmar and it’s not so popular like Bagan and Inle Lake.

WHERE TO STAY IN KINPUN

If you’re looking for a cheap place to crash in Kinpun, there are dorm rooms in Kinpun Myanmar that only go for $10. Another inexpensive lodging option is AirBnB, where you can get rooms for $15-25Click here to get a $30 USD discount on your first booking when you sign up on AirBnB! 

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Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!