Mount Popa

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This extinct volcano contains the shrine of the Mahagiri Nat spirits.
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milliesmum2016
Christchurch, New Zealand1,809 contributions
First up - I didn't walk all the way up to the monastery. I contented myself with the preliminary flights of steps off the street which are quite intersting and fun in their own right, lined as they are with hawkers, souvenir stalls, food stalls, small temples and shrines. And peopled by people and monkeys. I think the best policy is to treat those monkeys with total ignore! They're certainly not beyond using their teeth and they all look pretty mangy, if you ask me. And they'll nick your stuff, if you aren't careful, although I didn't see any of them behaving badly towards people, only scrapping among themselves. Some of them are sadly sporting horrible injuries, no doubt inflicted by their simian confreres. There are ladies, whose job it seems to be, to feed the monkeys. They walk around with large saddle bags full of little cones of paper filled with seeds, or nuts or whatever it is monkeys like to eat. They call to the monkeys who flock around them to be fed - they unwrap their cones very neatly and drop the cones on the ground. Consequently, the place is littered, not just with monkey poo, but little squares of paper as well.
Written February 6, 2020
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Charlotte
Kolding, Denmark393 contributions
Mt. Popa is a temple built on a mountain top - the special thing is that it is a small mountain top with only this temple on top.
You have to walk up there from the village below and that means a lot of steps. It is worthwile to do the walk if you ask me. It is fun to see the various rooms on top in the temple and the view is also really nice.
You cannot wear your shoes so remember wet tissues for cleaning your feed when you come down. There a wild monkeys and the steps are not always clean as the monkey pees whenever needed. ;-)
I suggest you also stop somewhere before the mountain to take a picture of the temple on the mountain as you only really see how spectacular it is from the distance. We had lunch on one of the resorts overlooking the Mt. Popa, that was really nice.
Written February 23, 2020
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK5,706 contributions
Being driven from Manadalay to Bagan we had previously requested a short diversion to Mount Popa. It is more photogenic from a distance or below than actually climbing the 777 steps, along what appeared to be a not to clean path despite the repeated requests for a cleaning tip from many people with brushes. A good hot water scrub is needed not a brush. Still, quite a good view from the top, keep an eye on the baboons, they know how to grab cameras, sunglasses and don't attempt to eat food.
Written February 13, 2020
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AriaFitz
Santiago, Chile269 contributions
Couples
If you are not religious, and just a regular occidental tourist like me, then you need to know this before you choose to spend your time here.

First of all, everyone asks you for donation, which is totally fine but at some point you get really tired of it. You don’t have to pay anything to go up and inside. A rude man at the shoes locker pushed me to pay what I think was a donation but I looked at his friend and he kindly showed the way up, ignoring the rude man.

It is full of monkeys all the way up, who are respectful. We didn’t have any incident with them, they didn’t try to take our staff like monkeys from the Monkey forest in Ubud. They only stare at you if you have food in your hands.

The floor is the dirtiest we’ve had in our whole trip in Myanmar and Asia. So far it was fine to walk around without shoes, but here I felt disgusted because it’s sticky, with thrash and monkey poop. I already wanted to go down from the step 1. If you are looking forward to count the 777 steps, forget it. You can’t really tell where it starts. The good thing is that the steps have a roof, so the sun doesn’t hit you. You will see people cleaning the steps though, and this is the people I decided to donate because the floor felt different where they were cleaning.

There’s not much to see on the top except for the view. It ain’t a nice pagoda like the ones in Mandalay, Bagan or Yangon. It’s actually quite unorganized, like if they constructed one place after the other without planing. The main thing you’ll see are inscriptions in the walls from people who have donated “big” amounts of money. I don’t feel it is being well conserved. We spent about 20 min on the top, taking pictures of the view and that’s it. Maybe you should re consider if you want to be 1:15 min on the car all the way there, 30 min going up, 20 min on the top, 15 min going down, and then 1:15 again back to your hotel or to Bagan.

After the mountain you can visit the 37 spirits. I was disappointed again, because they are in a narrow hall inside a room and they are statues of people on a row, but no signs of their story to read, so I learned nothing.

I don’t really recommend it if you don’t have much time in Bagan.
Written February 14, 2020
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Derek T
Brisbane, Australia25 contributions
when you see small groups of pilgrims take the ride to mount popa in the back of a truck, you know this is going to be a special place for those who live here and near by. there are a number of smaller significant places to look at in the small village at the base of the mountain that would do well to be described separately but worth doing a walk in and around the shops and buildings at the base. the walk up is moderate and a few nice view points to stop and take a break on the 700 odd step climb up. the journey isn't complete if you skip the rooms to the side on the way. the monkeys on the walk can be tricky, so watch out and maybe dont ware your best sunglasses. we walked up at dusk and they were very active and again the next day and it was much less bothersome in the middle of the day. the place and setting is beautiful and well worth taking some time at the top to get a sense of how calming a place this and many of the temple sites are, just like the people who live there.
Written February 3, 2020
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zsszn
Bratislava Region, Slovakia456 contributions
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This was our worst decision to rent a tuk tuk and make a half day trip to Popa (our Hotel Emerald arrange it for 30k). At the beginning we stopped at touristic village, which was the highlight of our tour, but at that time I don't know about it. After that coming the next cca. 16km, poor people in right and left side of the road in every 20meter. It is really sad, they want money, and sometimes from big cars tourists throu them money. But it is really not a nice beginning of journey - it depressed everybody. And the way back is only coming.
When we arrive to Popa, start to climb. The stairs was dirty, at the top also dirty everywhere. The view is ok, if you a hill lover, but at the top no much to see. Coming down, 16km of depression, say goodbye to the driver and we know, this was our worst invested time and money in Myanmar.
Written January 10, 2020
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Aleena S
Yeppoon, Australia47 contributions
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There is nothing worth seeing at the top but dirty, dated, tacky shrines. The view was riddled with plastic rubbish. The steps were soiled from the monkeys but cleaner than we expected (there were cleaners). The handrails were filthy. We had to pay to use the filthy toilets (they need to employ a cleaner). The monkeys weren’t a problem as the cleaners shoo them away. Sadly beggers line the road on the drive there, yelling for donations.
Written February 10, 2020
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wendy b
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Being Templed out from Bagan we decided to go to Mount Popa for the morning. As a over weight 50 year old I was a little worried about the climb, however rest assured its not too difficult.
There are plenty of people cleaning the stairs [monkey pooh and pee], so this is a welcome relief as you are barefoot.
Although the monastery/ temple a t the top is not that impressive, its a good view plus you do feel a sense of achievement for climbing to the top.
I would recommend this as a mornings activity its worth the effort.
Written January 11, 2020
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Globalvillage
Sydney, Australia23 contributions
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We did a day trip out to Mount Popa from Bagan. The drive there was interesting as we saw quite a bit of local life. Mount Popa is very popular with the locals as it is seen as a key pilgrimage site for Nat devotees. The climb to the top involves 777 steps, with a few stops along the way to take in the breath taking views and visit the many Nat shrine halls. There are also little shops that sell flowers and wooden handicrafts. There are several monkeys that are on the lookout for food from the pilgrims. Once atop the hill/volcano, the monastery itself is a little underwhelming for tourists.
Written January 17, 2020
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wastaman67
Crete, Greece8 contributions
Couples
Monkey ripped my glasses off my face, and we had to throw food up at it to get them back. Saw the same thing happen to another lady earlier in the day. You have been warned.

777 steps to the top, well maintained.

Monastery at the top has a solid focus on fund raising. The signs thanking recent donors are entertaining.
Written January 30, 2020
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