The Golden Rock (Kyaiktiyo)
Trip Start Dec 25, 2008
141Trip End Dec 25, 2009
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Bus was nearly full but the seat beside me was empty as well as a few more throughout the bus. A few more stops and soon the bus was full and I had a very interesting fellow, "Mr Win", a retired professor who presently owns a printing company in Yangon take the seat beside me. Soon after we had our first stop and to my surprise, Mr. Win had already ordered a typical Myanmar breakfast for both of us
The Golden Rock is one of the most religious sites in Myanmar and many locals come here to pray. I wasn't aware that the actual "Golden Rock" was under renovations and that I could not actually see it!!!! I wasn't really disappointed as the trip here and the rest of this religious site is very interesting and well worth a side trip for anyone that might have some extra time. I am also glad that I decided to spend the night here because I could linger around and just take in the sites and find a nice shrine in a cave-like rock for another special meditation. Unfortunately I do not have photos as, once again, I would not give the government money that was not truely necessary. So I just paid the $6 (or was it 10$?) entrance fee. As I was finishing my visit and heading back down I noticed Mr Win climbing the last steps. I waited for him as he went to pray and we then walked back to the truck stop to get back down the mountain
Mr Win somehow managed to get us a seat in the cab of the truck!! I believe that was $4.00 each. Back in the village we each went our own way but decided to meet for diner. It was my turn to treat Mr. Win. He picked the restaurant and what a wonderful choice. We had a great traditional and tasty Myanmar meal. Before calling it a day, we decided to reserve our bus seats for the next day - Mr. Win returning to Yangon and myself continuing to Mawlamyine (Moulmein).