Praying for a wonderful life once in your lifetime at Kyaiktiyo Pagoda and Shwedagon Pagoda

By hyggelle

Mar 22, 2017

Praying for a wonderful life once in your lifetime at Kyaiktiyo Pagoda and Shwedagon Pagoda

This was my first time in Myanmar and it went pretty unorganized and unexpectedly had to happen trip. This trip was inspired by the low fare offers season of a very popular famous low-cost airline, and I grabbed only THB1,600 per person for round-trip flights from Bangkok to Yangon. Oh! forgot to mention that my trip had covered 3 days and 2 nights and I traveled with my dad.

Well, as said, my trip started after I got a low fare. Hehe ^^ I know most people are easily being convinced with affordable and cheap stuff.Considering my time constraint, I then searched places where I must visit for this short traveling trip. I had visited several articles and sites and it appeared the same that people who are born in the year of Horse (I was born in 1990. If you never know, check your Chinese Zodiac with your birth year) must go to pray at Shwedagon Pagoda in order to get strengthening and blessing your life. Shwedagon Pagoda was firstly chosen as one of the must-visit places for this trip.

While I searched for places in Yangon, I was worrying how I could travel from place to place. I decided to contact a well-known blogger who I am a big fan on Facebook and have read several inspiring reviews. I asked his experience and suggestion for public transportation in Yangon, yet a private card was suggested instead. I was totally influenced by what a blogger said whereas, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda was advised as another must-visit place.

On Wikipedia, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Burma. It is a small pagoda (7.3 metres (24 ft)) built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha's hair. The balancing rock seems to defy gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill. The rock and the pagoda are at the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo. It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Burma after the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Mahamuni Pagoda. Guess… where was the second place I planned to go…, of course, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda!

After discussed with a private car driver, he recommended us to stay at hotels nearby Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, took 3-4 hours’ drive from Yangon International Airport. As unscheduled plan, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda and Shwedagon Pagoda were highlighted as must-visit places in this trip whilst, other places would be visited when we had enough time.

We got up early in the morning to queue up to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda even though, it was nearly midnight when we arrived the hotel. People needed to line up and waited for the truck. It was so shock and surprised because it was very crowded in the morning.

As distance long about 2-3 kilometers from truck stop, on the way to Kyaikyito Pagoda, there were a lot of people who had faith coming with their friends, family, colleagues etc. to pray for their life.

Not only tourists visited the pagoda, it is popular among Burmese as well. If you cannot carry your luggage, there are men help carrying your stuff but, do not forget to ask price first.

You can also observe small dessert open-stores along the way to Kyaikyito Pagoda. It looks delicious, doesn’t it?

Finally, we walked up to the top. To pray at the pagoda, women are not allowed to touch the rock so cannot cross the bridge or get closed to the pagoda due to the prohibition of local tradition. It is better to have a man in your trip.

We left Kyaikyito around noon and head to Shwedagon Pagoda. We arrived the pagoda around 4 p.m. and visitors must pay for the entrance fee and also take off your shoes while walking in temple areas in Myanmar. You can bring shoes with you or put it in plastic or fabric bag. Both are fine.

This trip was full with faith and pray. I believed that it should be a good start of my life. Hope you find places that inspire you as well!