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Mount Popa

  • Popa Taungkalat temple, Mount Popa, Myanmar (Burma)
Popa Taungkalat temple
also known as:
Popa Hill
Priority: Midd
Location Type: Destination
Mount is a volcano located about 50km southeast of Bagan. It is best known for the spectacular Popa Taungkalat monastery on top of a solitary peak at the foot of Mount Popa.


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Wikipedia - Mount Popa

Buddhist monastery on Taung Kalat, Mount Popa
Buddhist monastery on Taung Kalat southwest of Mount Popa

Mount Popa is a volcano 1518 metres (4981 feet) above sea level, and located in central Burma (Myanmar) about 50 km (30 miles) southeast of Bagan (alt: Pagan) in the Pegu Range. It can be seen from the River Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) as far away as 60 km (40 miles) in clear weather. Mount Popa is perhaps best known for the nearby stunningly picturesque Popa Taungkalat monastery atop an outcrop. The Popa Taungkalat (Taung Kalat) Shrine is home to 37 Mahagiri Nats, or spirits. Statues depicting the Nats are at the base of the Shrine. ... read more

Wikitravel - Mount Popa

Fifty kilometers southeast of Bagan in Central Myanmar at the base of Mt Popa is a solitary peak topped by gold stupas. The Popa Taungkalat shrine is the favoured home of 37 Mahagiri Nats or aminist spirit entities, statues of which can be found at its base. These spirits were once so important to the country's early Kings that it was essential for them to consult the Nats before commencing their reign.
To reach the top, you need to remove shoes and socks and climb the 777 steps to the summit. Along the way are a multitude of monkeys expecting treats. Sometimes they can get a little aggressive so it's recommended that you keep a tight grip on your possessions! ... read more

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