Welcome to Mt Popa
Mt Popa is now the official name of the famous Popa Taung Kalat, a tower-like 2418ft volcanic plug infested with monkeys and crowned with a gilded Buddhist temple accessed by 777 steps. The 4980ft extinct volcano previously known as Mt Popa has been renamed Taung Ma-gyi (Mother Mountain) to distinguish it from the more famous Popa Taung Kalat. Covered in lush forests protected within the Popa Mountain Park and home to the exclusive Popa Mountain Resort, the volcano last erupted some 250,000 years ago.
From the temple there are mammoth views back towards the Myingyan Plain and beyond. It’s stunning (if a little kitsch), yet relatively few visitors make the half-day trip from Bagan.