Kyaiktiyo Pagoda奇遇

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Kyaiktiyo Pagoda是一個建在懸崖邊的佛塔,由於善信在石上狂貼金箔,因此整塊石頭也是金色,故外國旅遊書又把它命名為金石頭(Golden Rock)﹗

在來緬甸前,曾到銅鑼灣一所緬甸餐\廳吃飯,那個老闆說Kyaiktiyo Pagoda是緬甸名勝之首,一定要來,而自助遊天書Lonely Planet也將這佛塔拿來作封面,故來到庇古後,第一時間便包車前來這地方。

但原來到Kyaiktiyo Pagoda是十分辛苦的,在庇古市要坐兩小時車才到達山下,在這裏要轉乘當地專有巴士才可上山。不幸地,我們來到時,巴士已經開出,下班車不知何時才到,司機叫我們步行上山,見到有順風車便攔截,但問當地人,原來這條路要行四小時才到山頂,行了半小時,一架車也沒有,本打算放棄,打道回府,幸好中途我因為想去廁所,到了一所荒僻的寺廟,遇上友善的喇嘛,令我們得以繼續行程。

寺內有三、四個喇嘛,一見我和阿湧,很熱情招呼我們,其中一個還變魔術,畫畫給我們看。原來他們當中,有一個是活佛,活佛很年輕,看來只有廿二、三歲,可能道行未夠,是眾多喇嘛中,最文靜、最少出聲的一個。在這裏坐了約半個小時後,有兩個喇嘛也說要到佛塔山上去,還說即將會有車到,於是我們便和喇嘛一起,沿途等車。

車來了,原來是一輛載沙的斗蓬貨車,沒有坐位,我們均要坐在沙上。沿途還有很多當地人上車,結果整架車子載滿了人,而不是沙。結果這輛車行了四十分鐘才到山頂,若真的聽那包車司機說,行上山,恐怕會死掉﹗不過,山頂並非Kyaiktiyo Pagoda的所在,我們還要步行四十五分鐘,才到達那裏的入口。

千辛萬苦爬到山頂,但原來Kyaiktiyo Pagoda要收六美金入場費,我覺得只到內裏拍一張照片,這價錢十分不值得,有點像在茵萊湖拍攝長頸姑娘的情形,加上當天天氣不好,山頂沒入濃霧裏,還下起毛毛細雨,拍出來的照片根本不好看,所以最好也沒有內進。

花了那麼多時間,最後卻看不到Kyaiktiyo Pagoda的真身,心裏有點兒不滿。但最令人氣憤的是,離開時竟被當地人劏。我們上山乘的斗蓬車,每人只需300khats,但下山時,司機卻要我們兩人共付3500khats才能下山,車費比上山時貴五倍。同行還有兩個外國人,他們也遇上同一情況,但他們上來時,也已被劏了一次,他們兩人要付1500khats上山,比我們貴一倍。我們四人和當地司機理論,但最後卻只得屈服,因為他們獨市經營,沒有其他交通工具可以下山,步行下山又絕不可能,肉隨砧板上,結果做了一次大水魚。最搞笑的,是司機說給我們優惠,給我們坐車頭,不用我們坐車尾,和當地人迫。但車頭極之細小,我要縮起雙腳坐,像一個小波,但我已算較好,那兩名高大的外國人更辛苦。

外國人十分氣憤,說以後也不會來緬甸。我自己被人劏,心裏固然不好受,但回想,3500khats約是港幣35元,也不是太貴,就當做善事吧﹗回到山腳下,遇到一名可愛的賣蕉小朋友,那小朋友操著流利英語,天真地和我們說話,逗得我們十分開心,剛才的不快完全忘記,就連那外國人,也展現難得一見的笑容。

有幸與活佛影相(中間坐著那位便是),背後掛著的圖畫,則是著名的Kyaiktiyo Pagoda。
有幸與活佛影相(中間坐著那位便是),背後掛著的圖畫,則是著名的Kyaiktiyo Pagoda。
拍攝不到真的Kyaiktiyo Pagoda,便在附近一個相似的佛塔留影,算是補賞我長途跋涉來這裏的紀念吧﹗
拍攝不到真的Kyaiktiyo Pagoda,便在附近一個相似的佛塔留影,算是補賞我長途跋涉來這裏的紀念吧﹗
想不到一輛上Kyaiktiyo Pagoda的斗篷車,也擠滿了人。
想不到一輛上Kyaiktiyo Pagoda的斗篷車,也擠滿了人。
活佛所住的寺廟,位處荒僻的叢林
活佛所住的寺廟,位處荒僻的叢林
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