Known popularly as the Golden Rock it is a pagoda on a boulder balanced miraculously on top of an outcrop over a chasm. The head resembles a human head and as the legend relates that Buddha's Holy Hairs are buried inside the rock.
The pagoda is built on a ridge, about 9 miles from Kyaikhto in the Mon State and overlooks the Sittaung Valley and the Moattama Gulf in the distance.
The drive to Kyaikhtiyo from Yangon is through small rural villages and vast paddy fields until it reaches the foothills where the Pagoda is situated. Pilgrims then are drive up the steep mountain side in open-bedded utility trucks which would be an adventure unto itself. At the way station at Rathetaung, there are workers who would persuade you to take a sedan chair, carried on their shoulders and go up the mountain trail like a Chinese Emperor!