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Mount Popa, Bagan
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Climb to the top of a 1,518 m (4,981 ft) tall extinct volcano at Mount Popa, a scenic sacred volcanic mountain lying 50 km (31 mi) from Bagan. With over 200 springs and brooks, the mountain makes a great hiking area, its huge 1.6 km (0.9 mi) wide cauldron-like volcanic depression and debris landslide paying testament to the awe-inspiring power of nature. Considered the main abode of the most powerful spirits in Myanmar, the area also houses the country’s most important temples, which blend ancient folk religion with Buddhism. Perched on a huge volcanic plug, Taung Kalat Monastery--with its gilded stupas--offers spectacular panorama, which you will reach after a steep climb of 700 steps. Bring food and water along if you want to conquer the peak, and beware of the thieving macaque monkeys. By using our Bagan vacation route planner, you can arrange your visit to Mount Popa and other attractions in Bagan.
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  • Mount Popa' main attraction is that it is situated at the top of an old extinct sheer sided volcanic plug providing it Drammatic views of the surrounding area. To get there from Bagan, it is an approx...  more »
  • If the rise of 750 markets does not fear, the view of in children must be spectacular. By far the monastery to the roof Golden on hates him the rock is beautiful and the park environment is beautiful also. Worth the drive.
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  • It got to the mount Popa from Bagan with shared taxi (Kiats 10,000 per person). It takes about an hour and a half. I recommend going in the afternoon so you can enjoy the sunset from the mountain. At the entrance of the temple begin to see the first scimme ... the true master of this monastery. To get to the top there are about 500 steps to climb. The thing that amazed me, unlike other times that I have visited in Burma, was the total neglect and dirt on the way up. It is true that the monkeys are unmanageable, but be very careful because you must remove your shoes and the ground is not precisely of the cleanest. Pay attention also to the monkeys, poking up from all sides and are not always peaceful. Once at the top, you are rewarded with an exceptional view over a Valley open, chants of monks in the distance, silence, and spectacular lights. Even monkeys at one point stopped to enjoy the sunset. It is a place that I have left on me, with very unusual vibrations. Certainly deserves a visit.
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