What is Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival?
The Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival of Nine Thousand Lights is celebrated by thousands of Buddhist pilgrims who travel to the temple grounds to welcome a new year and make religious merit in a candle lighting ceremony.
The Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is one of Myanmar’s most famed Buddhist icons. Comprised of a golden relic shrine perched on a large, gold leaf clad boulder precariously balanced on a cliff above the sea, the Kayikhtiyo Pagoda is stunning at dawn and dusk when the light reflecting off the many layers of gold give the shrine a ruddy glow. As dusk is falling, a candle lighting ceremony begins. Monks and pilgrims light 9,999 candles with tender sincerity for the occasion.
When is Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival?
The Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival of Nine Thousand Lights usually falls in December, but a traditional lunar calendar is used to select the times of the event, and the celebration can shift several weeks between years in accordance with the phases of the moon. If you’re interested in attending the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival of Nine Thousand Lights, one of our Travel Specialists can confirm the appropriate dates for an extension to your luxury tour of Myanmar.
Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival Highlights:
The Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is well known for its stunning views and curious legends surrounding its Golden Boulder stupa. The Festival of Nine Thousand Lights held on the temple grounds is a wonderful opportunity to experience a reverent Buddhist ceremony in one of Myanmar’s most timeless destinations.
Where is Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival Celebrated?
The Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is located in the town of Kyaikhtiyo in Myanmar’s Mon State. It’s best reached overland in a private vehicle.
Buddhist religious modesty requires guests visiting temples, shrines, and monasteries to dress in clothing that covers shoulders, arms, and knees. Certain parts of the temple grounds will require visitors to remove their shoes during their exploration of the area.