Pegu Off The Beaten Path
This remarkable pagoda is in the most precarious spot imaginable.
As Sir George Scott recalled: `The boulder stands on the extreme verge of the bare rock and hangs over it as if a gust of wind or a few extra pounds added would make it topple over and crash down the dizzy height far away into the green valley below'.
According to legend, the boulder is held safe by the strength of a strand of the Buddha's hair which is enshrined in the pagoda. Like many venerated spots in Burma, the whole rock is covered in precious gold leaf and has to be regularly repainted.
Kyaik- Tyo is about 65 km east of Pegu on the railway line to Moulmein.