Legend says that the gravity-defying boulder the pagoda is built upon is held in its precarious position by a strand of the Buddha's hair. The rock is located on top of Kyaiktiyo Hill, which stands at 3,600 feet (1,097 m).
Some devout pilgrims will hike the Paung Laung Ridge, which can take 5-6 hours. Others bus or taxi up the winding road to get to the top. The trip from Yangon takes around 4 hours by either bus or train. An overnight stay is usually required in order to see the sunset or sunrise at the golden boulder.