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00:44 • The road to the Golden Rock

02:05 • The Golden Rock

03:39 • At dawn

 

Burma (Myanmar), places of pilgrimage

Burma, renamed Myanmar in 1989, is a very devout Buddhist country and is full of popular pilgrimage sites.

Among these places, there is in order of importance, the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon (Rangoon) (see: https://www.travel-video.info/en/videos/golden-rock-myanmar.html), then Mahamuni Pagoda (near Mandalay)) (see https://www.travel-video.info/en/videos/mandalay-mahamuni-bouddha-temple.html). The third most important place of pilgrimage is a small pagoda nestled on a granite rock atop Mount Kyaitktiyo in Mon state in central Myanmar.

Golden rock

The pagoda itself is not accessible to the public and a whole complex of temples has been built on the rock to accommodate the thousands of devotees who come there daily.

The rock upon which the Kyaitktiyo Pagoda is built appears to be in an unstable equilibrium, overlooking the hill.

According to Buddhist tradition, the rock is placed on a Buddha's hair, which gives it its status as a holy place.

However, there are other legends explaining the presence of this rock. One of them affirms that the heavenly king would have been strongly impressed by the fervor and asceticism of a monk and would have placed there a rock in the shape of the head of this holy man.

Still, the place is sacred, and it is a Burmese tradition that sacred objects are covered with gold leaf. Sometimes, as in Mahamuni Pagoda, the layer of gold applied by devotees on the heads of Buddhas is so thick that the statue becomes shapeless. This is not the case with Golden Rock.

All day long, the faithful crowd, each with his little gold leaf, near the rock to cover it. The result is impressive.

The base of the rock was painted in gold with motifs in the shape of a lotus, a sacred flower of the Buddhists.

Fervor of the faithful

The faithful climb the rock in their thousands, using the only means of transport allowed on this long road, the local bus. Or rather a truck where dozens of people are seated.

The animation around the rock is important. Many pilgrims spend the night under the stars, on the ground, to be sure to be present at sunrise.

Offerings

Near the central square, dozens of merchants sell what to make offerings in the surrounding temples. These stalls sell flowers as well as pastries and fruit to offer to the temple.

On the road to the top

Get off the truck halfway is a good idea.

Halfway towards the Golden Rock, the truck stops to let down those who want to do the last part of the road on foot. Although the slope is quite steep, these few kilometers allow you to meet extremely friendly villagers.

 

 

Spoken comments in the film: 

The Golden Rock is located on top of a hill and can only be accessed by truck from the valley. But better to stop halfway and do the last part on foot. Even if the coast is steep, the encounters we make along the way largely compensate for the fatigue.

 

his strange rock is a very important place of pilgrimage in Myanmar. This seemingly unstable balanced rock is entirely covered with gold leaf glued by the faithful males.

And as often one or more legends are at the origin of this place of pilgrimage.

One of these legends states that the rock is placed on a lock of Buddha's hair which prevents him from rolling down the hill.

Another legend has it that the Heavenly King was so impressed by the asceticism of a priest that he transported this rock to this place. He would also have chosen a rock that looks like the head of this priest.

 

When we have the chance to spend the night there, we are surprised to find hundreds of pilgrims

who sleep on the ground and who say their prayers at dawn.

And for some reason that escaped our notice, all these people come back down as soon as the sun is up.

Most of them are there with their whole family, with their luggage.

Porters (who are often porters) offer their services to carry the luggage in baskets that they put on their backs. Sometimes it even happens that old people do not have the strength to come down on their own, so ... hop, on the suitcases, the grandmother ...

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Bagan, les artisans

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Bagan, les dieux

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Bagan, les hommes

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Bago

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Golden Rock

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Lac Inla (Inle Lake) - on land

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Lac Inle (Inle Lake) - on the water

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Ma Aun, Burmese village

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Mandalay, U Bein bridge in Amarapura (Myanmar)

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Mandalay, Kuthodaw pagoda (Myanmar)

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Mandalay, Maha Aung Mye Bom San monastery (Myanmar)

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Mandalay, Mahamuni Bouddha Tempel (Myanmar)

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Mandalay, pagode Mingun Pahtodawgyi (Myanmar)

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Mandalay, scenes from everyday life (Myanmar)

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Mandalay, Shwenandaw monastery (Myanmar)

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Mandalay, Su Tuang Pyae (Myanmar) pagoda

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Mandalay, wooden monastery Bagaya (Myanmar)

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Monywa, Buddhas and more Buddhas (Myanmar)

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Monywa,Thanboddhay pagoda (Myanmar)

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Mount Popa (Myanmar)

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Myanmar - Bago, Golden Rock, Pindaya, Yangon

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Myanmar - Lac Inlé et promenade

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Nyaung-U, Shwezigon Pagoda (Myanmar)

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Pa Khan Gyi - wooden monastery (Myanmar)

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Pindaya, Shwe Oo Min pagoda (Myanmar)

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Po Win Taung - Shwe Ba Taung (Myanmar)

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Po Win Taung, Myanmar

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Yangon - Strolling in Yangon

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Yangon, Shwedagon pagoda

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about the place, Golden Rock:

Golden Rock: If the legend is to be believed, the rock would be in unstable equilibrium on a strand of Buddah hair. A pagoda was built next to this mysterious rock perched at the top of Mount Kyaiktiyo. The rock is covered with gold leaf (hence its name) and is the third most important place of pilgrimage in Myanmar after the Shwedagon (in Yangon) and the Mahamuni pagoda near Mandalay.

 

 

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Golden Rock, Myanmar