Kyaikhtiyo pagoda is one of the most ancient and celebrated of all pagodas in Myanmar. This pagoda is situated on a rocky mountain 3615 ft above sea level. It is situated in the vicinity of Kyaikhto Township.The famous legendary Pagoda on the Golden Rock is about 160 Km from Yangon and 11 km of hiking from the base camp at Kyaikhto. Visitors can also go by car up to a point about a mile away from the Pagoda. This pagoda is situated on a rocky mountain 3615 ft above sea level. The Kyaikhtiyo pagoda is one of the most ancient and celebrated of all pagodas in Myanmar. It is situated in the vicinity of Kyaikhto Township, Thaton district.
The pagoda is about 18 feet high, and 50 feet in girth which is situated on the hill of the same name on the ridge between Sittaung and Thanlwin. It is built on a huge, almost egg- shaped, rounded granitoid boulder perched on the very summit of a projecting and shelving tabular rock, which in itself is separated several feet from the mountain by a rent or chasm, now spanned by a small foot bridge of iron and on the further side drops perpendicularly into a valley blow.
The pagoda is said to have been built during the life-time of the Buddha over 2400 years ago. The meaning of Kyaik Hti Yo: According to Mon tradition, the name is a corruption of Kyaik-ithi–yo being derived as follows. In Mon language the word “Kyaik” means ” pagoda” and ” yo” ” to carry on the hermits head”, in Pali the word” ithi” means a hermit and therefore the name means ” the pagoda carried on the hermit’s head. Before, it was a rare place which was very hard to reach. Nowadays, there are many more convenient transportations and Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda can be accessible easily. There are also convenient accommodations for visitors.