Kyaukpadaung Travel Guide

  • Mt. Popa, Myanmar
    Mt. Popa, Myanmar
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    Leaf Monkeys and Stupas, Myanmar
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  • Kyaukpadaung Township, Myanmar
    Kyaukpadaung Township, Myanmar
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Kyaukpadaung Things to Do

  • Monkey!

    I really enjoyed observing the monkeys while I was there. You can see them all over - basically where there's food they'll be hanging around. I saw them snatch papers and sneak off with fruit and it was also fun to watch the way they interacted with each other. The monkeys at Mount Popa were the least inhibited I've ever seen, to the point where I...

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  • Wander Around

    Plan to spend some time looking around at the top of Mount Popa. There are several structures and interconnected buildings and rooms. It's quite interesting nosing around and checking everything out. You can also get several different views of the surrounding countryside. The first construction took place here some 700 years ago, and there have...

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  • The Climb

    The climb takes around 30 minutes total, or maybe longer if you factor in rests and taking in the view. You can see the township getting smaller and actually the monkeys get cheekier and cheekier the higher you go. There are a couple of steep sections but it's not a difficult climb at all. You can also find a couple of places to eat and drink as...

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  • Stupas on Top

    There are many gold stupas at the top of Mount Popa. The view is great of course but there are also plenty of interesting things to see at the top of the climb.

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  • Views of Mt Popa

    There are so many beautiful views from Mt Popa. The Golden Spires to the Golden plains! Although on the day I visited there was a storm coming across the plains but luckily it never reached us.

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  • There are some great views from Mt Popa

    I just loved the golden spires of the temples of Mt Popa. The area on top is fairly big and curvy so it's possible to walk out to the edges and get some decent photos! I didn't see any monkeys at the very top so there isn't any worries of being pushed off the edge by a psycho monkey.

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  • Sunset at Mt Popa ??? Not much happened

    Well if you look real close at the center of the photo you can see some redness in the sky but not much. I had heard that Mt Popa was a great place to go for sunsets but I picked the wrong day to go for that. We still had fun though and it was nice that the sun wasn't scorching hot! Our sunrise was just a couple of red blotches through the thick...

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  • Stupa

    There are many stupas on the top of the Mt Popa Temple complex and this was one of the bigger ones. I'm not sure if the top decoration is pure gold or not. At many of the more important Pagodas around Myanmar the the top section would be made of pure gold.

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  • Small Buddhas at the top

    Around the base of the main Stupa at the top of the hill you can see small carved Buddhas that are placed into the Stupa. They are lined with glass mosaic.

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  • Ring the Bell 3 times!

    Every Bell in Myanmar will have a wooden mallet sitting near it for you to Gong the Bell the 3 times! I'm not really sure if it's for good luck or to keep the bad spirits away but we sure gonged our share of the bells just like the locals did!

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  • Look out over the plains

    I'm sure if you're there on a clear day you can have some great views out over the plains. But all we could see is a storm coming! It never rained on us but it sure felt like it was going to. And we could see it raining off in the distance. We also heard some thunder which didn't make me feel real comfortable being at the top of Mt Popa.

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  • Beautiful views of the covered walkway

    As you approach the summit you can see the beautiful covered walk way and other nice views out over the plains. If you are doing the walk during the Hot Mid-afternoon sun you will be thankful that you are walking under the covered walk way! The day that we went was very overcast and there was a storm coming so it was quite windy which cooled the...

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Kyaukpadaung Restaurants

  • Eat on the way up

    At several of the landings on the way up to the top there were ladies selling various kinds of foods. Some of the locals would sit down have some food before continuing up to the summit. I'm sure the food was very inexpensive and tasty!

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  • Eat up before ya head home

    The Yangon seemed to be the most popular of the small restaurants in the little village at the bottom of the Temple complex. We just grabbed some drinks as we weren't that hungry. There are a few other places to choose from also. Most meals would just be a few hundred Kyat each. Under a $US1.00

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Kyaukpadaung Nightlife

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    night time at  Mt Popa

    by herzog63 Written Apr 7, 2003

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    You could hang out near the bottom and watch the tired pilgrims as they come back down from the mountain and also wander along the stalls in front of the entrance. Other than that no one was really hanging around. The Burmese tourists where climbing back into their buses and trucks and where going other places. Some people were making the walk to some of the guesthouses that were a couple of miles away.

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Kyaukpadaung Transportation

  • Local Transportation

    There are buses and trucks from Bagan to get yourself to Mt Popa. You will have to enquire when you're there. I didn't get much info about it. But for sure they don't leave until they are extremely full!!

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  • From Bagan

    We hired a taxi from Bagan and paid $20. That is the expensive way to go but my time was limited and I wanted to see Mt Popa. There is a series of local transportation to get there but it was a little time consuming for me. If you wanted to hire a taxi and split it between 4 people it wouldn't be as bad but just me and my son went. The white car in...

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Kyaukpadaung Local Customs

  • Images of the Buddha

    Mount Popa has long been a center of animist beliefs, or nat worship. It is said that Burmese kings came here to pay their respects to spirits. Traditionally in Burma, there are 37 nats. The ancient animist beliefs and Buddhism seem to run parallel, however, and you will of course see images of the Buddha throughout the journey to the top.

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  • Rest Rooms

    Almost all of the rest rooms I saw were 'squat'-style (i.e. no seat), though I did come across one exception by the foot of the mountain. I'm guessing this must be a bit unusal in Kyaukpadaung because of the sign on the door !-)

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  • Goat Herding

    Just a few kilometers out of Kyaukpadaung, we had to stop to wait for a goat herder to move her stock off the road. An unusual sight! The road between Mandalay and Bagan has been in use for a long time, evolving from a track to an earth road and now a bitumen semi-highway. This is the driest part of the country, and during the dry season (November...

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Kyaukpadaung Warnings and Dangers

  • Monkeys

    These are the cheekiest, craftiest monkeys I have ever seen. A few moments before I took this picture a large monkey took the notes clean out out the hands of a trainee tour guide and scurried up onto the roof with them. A bit of light entertainment sure, but I felt bad for the poor tour guide! Here you can see my friend Mick (VTer McGregorm)...

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  • Heights!

    It's best to be a bit careful if you have an aversion to heights!-) There are a few tight bends as you go up Mount Popa and at some stages of the stair climb, the ledge is quite close or only protected by a one meter barrier. It looks great over the edge but you don't want to get too close ;-)

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  • Steep stairs

    About half-way up you will come to an area that is more sacred than the lower part so you must remove your shoes. There is a guy with lockers that will "watch" your shoes for 100 kyat US$.10cents donation. But after that point the steps get very steep so if you suffer from vertigo don't look down. The other part of the warning is that you have to...

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Kyaukpadaung Tourist Traps

  • My son giving the money toss a try

    Here is Hadji trying for some extra luck my having his money land in Buddhas hand but his money also fell to the floor.

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  • Toss money into Buddhas hands

    Well I don't think that this is really a tourist trap but I wanted to put it here. There is a small hole cut in the window where you stick your arm and your can toss rolled up paper money into Buddhas hands. It is quite difficult to do. I tried twice and missed both times and son tried too. The little building is full of money. It is a great way...

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Kyaukpadaung Off The Beaten Path

  • Yeti in prayer

    The Yeti was praying to the Buddha at the base of the main stupa. I'm not really sure what level of monkhood a yeti is. I had read about them in the Lonely Planet guide and felt lucky that one had come to visit when I was there.

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  • Big smiles!!!

    These guys were just too cool!! There ain't nothing cooler than a bunch of toothless smiles running around playing soccer amongst the stupas.

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  • Hey! Where did the ball go?

    Sometimes the ball would get hidden amongst the small stupas! All I would hear is giggling and the patter of foot steps. They would eventually find the ball and resume the game.

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Kyaukpadaung Favorites

  • The View and The Monkeys

    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...

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  • Writings in the Temple

    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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  • Here they come!!

    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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