Mount Popa

Mount Popa is a volcano 1518 metres (4981 feet) above sea level, and located in central Myanmar about 50 km (31 mi) southeast of Bagan. It can be seen from the River Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) as far away as 60 km (37 mi) in clear weather.The PopaTaungkalat (TaungKalat) Shrine is home to 37 MahagiriNats, or spirits. It is possible that the legends about Nats represent a heritage of earlier animist religions in Burmese countryside, which were syncreticised with Buddhist religion in 11th century. There are legends that before the reign of Bagan king Anawrahta (1044 – 1077) hundreds of animals were sacrificed here as a part of nat worship rituals. The area around Mt. Popa is designated as the Popa National Park covered with recently grown dense sandalwood forests. Common wild animals presently observed in the park area include jungle cat, jackal, barking deer, monkey, rhesus monkey, deer, squirrels, hare and about 130 speices of avifauna. When reaching the top of the mountain, accompanied by crowed of monkeys, you will have and overlooking extraordinary panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. Place of interest are Peanut Oil Making, Harbal Plantation, Popa Mountain and PopaTaungkalat.