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Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda rests on top of a precariously balanced boulder overhanging a cliff on top of a ridge more than 3000 feet above sea level. The stupa itself is about 20 feet tall, resting on top of a 50 foot boulder balanced on the rocky cliff.

The boulder, stupa and part of the cliff are gilded with gold leaf applied over the centuries by faithful pilgrims. There are many legends about the Pagoda and the"nats" and "spirits". Access is only by foot, either a steep 45-minute climb from the new car park or else a more gradual 7 mile walk taking four hours from the base camp of Kinmun, east of Kyaikhto, about 160km from Yangon. The pagoda festival is held from Dabodwe` to Tagu.