Mount Popa - Olympus of Burma

Myanmar, Bagan Guide (B): Mount Popa - Olympus of Burma

Southwest of Mount Popa is Taung Kalat (pedestal hill), sheer-sided volcanic plug, which rises 737 metres (2,417 ft) above the sea level. A Buddhist monastery is located at the summit of Taung Kalat. 

At one time, the Buddhist hermit U Khandi maintained the stairway of 777 steps to the summit of Taung Kalat. The Taung Kalat pedestal hill is sometimes itself called Mount Popa and given that Mount Popa is the name of the actual volcano that caused the creation of the volcanic plug.

The resort was really a relaxing place, we all thought of staying here, if we have more time...and money!

Who would have thought that this rock which the temple stood on top - was part of the Popa Volcano before errupting!

Similar to other places of worship, the way up to the temple plateau was lined with shops / markets. 

Upon our arrival, the sky turned dark, and heavy rain started to fall, the floors are wet, and we have to take off our shoes (as usual). 

We just hang around to have some monkey photo sessions, these monkeys roam freely. They are well behaved, and don't snatch / steal things form the visitors. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Mount Popa - Olympus of Burma
Guide Location: Myanmar » Bagan
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Mt Popa resort   Taung Kalat monastery  
Author: Angelo John Yap
Read it on author's website: http://saventravel.blogspot.sg/2015/05/mount-popa-mt-olympus-of-burma.html