FD Excursion to Mount Popa


| May 15, 2020

Mount Popa, part of the Pegu Range 50km south-east of Pagan (Bagan), is a volcano with an altitude of 1,518 metres (4,981 feet). Considered by local people to be the abode of the 37 Mahagiri nats, or spirits, which are worshipped in conjunction with Buddhism, the mountain has become an important centre for nat worship. Mount Popa is also known for the picturesque Popa Taungkalat, a monastery that sits atop an outcrop nearby. Statues depicting the nats are set in the rocks at the base of the Popa Taungkalat shrine, and adventurous travellers can climb the 400 steps of a covered staircase to the top for superb views of the surrounding countryside.

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