December 17, 2017
KYAIKTIYO Pagoda, also known as Golden Rock Pagoda officially opened the Kyaiktiyo cable car service to general public from 15th December.
A South Korean company, the Sky Asia Company, was permitted by Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) to develop the project on 5.46 hectares of land within Kyaikhtiyo Wildlife Sanctuary.
The company built six towers, each 2,850 feet hight, from Yethetaung to Kyaiktiyo pagoda. One cable car can hold a maximum weight of eight passengers, with total of 44 cable cars and the journey will take about 10 minutes running from Yathetaung to the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda.
It is the first cable car of its kind in Myanmar and provides easy access to the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda from Yethetaung. However visitors are still need to go up to Yethetaung by open truck from Kinpun Basecamp and, then by cable car to the top of Kyaiktiyo Pagoda.
The cost for a ride on the system is 3000 kyat per person, with foreigners paying US$10 (13,627 kyat). The IKBZ Bank will provide life insurance for passengers heading to pagoda.