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  • Monkey, Mt. Popa, Myanmar
    Monkey, Mt. Popa, Myanmar
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    Stairwell statues
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  • Mt Popa
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    The View and The Monkeys

    by Hewer Written Apr 29, 2005

    Fondest memory: The two things I will remember most about Kyaukpadaung are the view from Mount Popa and the monkeys. Experiencing both involves walking up quite a few stairs, but it's well worth it. The view differs from that of say, Mandalay Hill, in that Mount Popa gives a sense of the undulating countryside. Far off into the distance you can see the yellowish-brown plains of central Myanmar. You can see how the land changes from lush green to semi-desert.

    Monkey, Mt. Popa, Myanmar

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    Here they come!!

    by herzog63 Written Apr 7, 2003

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    Favorite thing: These guys were just so much fun! The goals were on the opposite sites of the pagodas so I couldn't see what was happening when the disappeared around the stupas! I could just hear them laughing and having fun.

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    Mt Popa young Monks

    by herzog63 Written Apr 7, 2003

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    Favorite thing: When you walk to the left of the main entrance you can follow the road up to a small temple this is where I discovered these young guys just have the time of their life!! They had a game of soccer going!

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    I didn't care for the use of the lighting

    by herzog63 Written Apr 7, 2003

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    Favorite thing: One of my only compaints in Myanmar was at the Temples and the use of lighting. I felt that the flourescent tubes took away from the whole mystic experience of the Temples. Especially the ones that had the moving lights circling behind Buddhas head. I guess I would rather have candles or holes placed in the roof to allow just enough light in to see or just total darkness. Sorry about complaining but it was one of my first and only complaints of Myanmar. Most people couldn't care less or may even like the moving lights but it just didn't look very ancient to me.

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    Temples and Monasteries

    by herzog63 Written Apr 7, 2003

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    Favorite thing: All around Mt Popa you can see what appears to be small villages that are Temples and Montasteries. If you have extra time it may be worth visiting them and talking with the monks. The monks that I met in Myanmar were very friendly and most of them spoke English quite well.

    Mt Popa Monastery
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    Mount Popa from the Temple

    by herzog63 Written Apr 7, 2003

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    Favorite thing: You get nice views of the main part of the mountain from the Temple Complex. The Temple complex is on a rocky out cropping part way down the mountain. I'm not sure if there are trails or a temple way up on the main peak or not. But I'm guessing there is as Mt Popa is a very important home of a Powerful Nat. And I could see some sort of antenaes at the top.

    Mt Popa
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    Cool buildings at the bottom of the hill

    by herzog63 Written Apr 7, 2003

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    Favorite thing: There are some nice buildings at the bottom of the hill that appeared to have something to do with monasteries that were everywhere. So they could have been sleeping quarters for the Monks that reside here.

    Mt Popa
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    Guardian

    by herzog63 Updated Apr 7, 2003

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    Favorite thing: At the main building on the bottom of the hill you can see these statues lining the outside. they looked quite interesting but I don't really know anything about them. They could be a Nat?? I know the monkeys liked sitting on them.

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    Writings in the Temple

    by herzog63 Updated Jun 11, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Lining the way up you will see writings on boards but they are written in Burmese script. I sure they are quoting an wise Monk and saying be good and stay out of trouble etc...

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    More Monks playing soccer

    by herzog63 Written Apr 7, 2003

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    Favorite thing: These guys where just fun to be around! I gave the color commentary while they played! They seemed to enjoy that! Especially when someone would score a goal!

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    Temples at the top

    by herzog63 Written Apr 7, 2003

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    Favorite thing: There are a few different Temples at the top of the mountain. And you can wander around through them and see how the locals pray and make offerings to the Nat and Buddha images.

    Mt Popa
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