Golden Rock, Mount Kyaikhtiyo in Mon State is a really amazing spectacular sight. Resting on the edge of a cliff is a golden boulder with a girth of 50 feet (15.2 m). A small stupa 18 feet (5.5 m) high is perched atop the boulder. The entire marvel – Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, or Golden Rock – is 80 feet (24.4 m) high. An important center for pilgrims, Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is said to contain one of the Buddha’s hairs. The Myanmar people believe that the rock was placed on the mountain ledge, 2,500 years ago, with the help of nat spirits.
From some vantage points it actually looks as if the rock is about to fall at any moment. According to legend, a single hair of the Buddha is what holds this great gilded boulder in balance. It is said that King Tissa was given the hair by a hermit in the 11th century, who had kept it in his topknot. The king wanted to house it in a pagoda which was to be built on a rock that was shaped exactly like the hermit’s head, and when he finally found the right stone at the bottom of the sea with the help of the nat king.