Visitor arrivals to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda increase in five months

Kyaiktiyo pagoda is seen precariously located on a stone. Photo : supplied
Kyaiktiyo pagoda is seen precariously located on a stone. Photo : supplied

Domestic and foreign visitors to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Kyeikto Town, Mon State, have increased significantly in the past
five months, according to a report in Myawady Daily.
U Soe Naung Oo, a member of the Pagoda Board of Trustees, said the number of domestic visitors to the pagoda went up by almost 200,000 between last October and this February, while international visitors increased by some 8,000, compared with the same period last fiscal year.
From 5 October last year through February this year, the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda hosted some 1.7 million local visitors, as well as 70,000 foreign travellers. The majority of tourists were from Thailand.
After being officially opened in December last year, the first-ever cable car service provides easy access to the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda. Thanks to the new service, visitors to the pagoda increased slightly this season. The Pagoda Board of Trustees expects the number of pilgrims to the pagoda to increase this year due to better transport.—GNLM

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