Mount Popa
Myanmar, Mandalay Region

Mount Popa is one of Myanmar's main attractions. The mysterious Mount Popa volcano with an extinct crater on top is considered the most famous sanctuary of spirits (nat) in Myanmar, which has been worshiped by Burmese tribes since ancient times. Every year for 700 years, a large number of pilgrims visit the mountain during the full moon of Nado in November-December and during the full moon festival of Nyon in May and June. Climb to the top of the mountain by a very steep staircase, which was built by the Buddhist monk U Khandi. In good weather, the mountain is visible for 60 km. The view from Mount Popa is simply amazing - from the top of the mountain you can see the ancient city of Bagan, and from the opposite side you can see the canyon with a depth of 914 meters. On the southwestern side of the mountain is the Taung Kalat rock over 700 meters high with a Buddhist monastery at the very top. There is a belief that you can’t wear red or black clothes when you visit Mount Popa, you also can’t take meat with you so as not to irritate the spirit nates. Mount Popa is also called the Myanmar Olympus because of the great mythological significance of the place for the culture of Burma. A large number of legends are associated with the mountain and the monastery at its peak, from the creation of the world to the birth of kings and queens. Mount Popa personifies a mixture of Buddhism and traditional Myanmar views.

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