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March 30, 2006

Balancing on a Hair


You should know about this pagoda in Myanmar for any number of amazing reasons. First, it sits on a big rock. Second, as you can plainly see, the rock itself is totally gilded in gold and looks like a shot out of a some spectacular nonexistent sci-fi film.

More importantly still, the great rock of the Kyaik-htiyo pagoda is balancing on the precipice of a larger rock. And when I say balancing, I mean really balancing; the area of contact between the two rocks is unbelievably small. So please don't push...


However, barring any natural disasters, the pagoda probably isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The stone hasn't moved for hundreds of years; perhaps the single hair of Lord Buddha, upon which the pagoda is erected, is somehow keeping this gargantuan rock from slipping away...?


Kyaik-htiyo – 3 large photos
1912 Photograph of Kyaik-htiyo

(via: geisha asobi)

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One of the most sacred places in Myanmar, the Kyaik-htiyo-pagoda is situated on the top of the Golden Rock, 1.100 m above Kyaikto in the Mon-state, approximately 60 km E of Bago.The golden rock is a large boulder of granite, which is supported by an ext [Read More]

Tracked on Apr 11, 2006 6:59:10 PM


Woah-hey! Ain't Life a pagoda on a gilded rock on a precipice?

Posted by: Mark | Mar 31, 2006 10:46:54 AM

Yikes! That's quite the precarious location for that pagoda. It's amazing how luminous that rock is.

Is it just me or do things seem quiet around here?

Posted by: Alex | Mar 31, 2006 1:22:43 PM

I bet it has a nice view, though.

Posted by: Alli | Apr 1, 2006 7:22:45 AM

Don't sneeze!

Quiet. Too quiet. (Probably people are busy, is all.)

Posted by: Scott Elyard | Apr 1, 2006 2:56:21 PM


Posted by: Alli | Apr 1, 2006 3:45:00 PM

I guess your right. Maybe I just feel like I'm living in slow motion (couldn't resist the Ambo pun . . . man that is an awesome song!)

Posted by: Alex | Apr 1, 2006 6:47:56 PM

Sisyphisian, dude. Rock on.

Posted by: Chris G | Apr 2, 2006 10:08:46 AM

Quiet? They're just meditating.

Posted by: Mark | Apr 2, 2006 10:08:17 PM

Meditating? Not I. Actually, I was playing D&D. (For the first time in over 15 years. One of the old classic sets, Basic, specifically).

Posted by: Scott Elyard | Apr 3, 2006 12:51:31 AM

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