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Home >> Myanmar >> Bagan >> Mt. Popa

Mt. Popa

Location: some 50 kilometers southeast from Bagan.
Ticket: covered in the through ticket of Bagan Pass which charges US$15.


With a height of 1520 meters, Mt Popa, which means “a mountain of flowers”, is a famous extinct volcano in middle Myanmar. Strikingly standing on Bagan Plain, Mt Popa is the stacking of volcano ash erupted underground. Attached with miraculous legends, Mt Popa is the symbol of Myanmar’s nats (spirits) even to this day as it is said the haunt of spirits. Different from Buddha who is believed to dominate people’s future, nats are believed to in charge of people’s this life. Mt Popa is the holy mountain of nats devotees and attracts thousands of pilgrims especially in April, the festival of gods.


On Mt Popa, there are overgrowing exotic flowers and rare herbs, a large amount of valuable and rare birds and beautiful butterflies. On the top of the mountain, there is a nat temple and pagoda. On the temple gate are two tiger statues, in the temple are portrayals of eminent monks and diviners, and in the innermost are 37 deities status.


The mountain itself is a protected national park where tourists can ride horses and hike through the green trees.


Tips:

- On the top of Mt Popa, you can overlook an surprising scenery of Bagan Plain.
- It needs to climb more than 700 steep steps to get to the mountain top, but along the way you can find cute monkeys, devout pilgrims, and solitary yeti.
- You can buy some flowers from nuts in the temple to consecrate to deities.
- Every middle April, the Water Festival, and August, are the most bustling time of Mt Popa. By that time, people from all over the country dress up and climb to mountain top to worship spirits. Sometimes, there are ceremonious worship and performances.
- It is forbidden to take photos inside the temple.  

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