Bagan to Popa Mountain and Salay1 min read


In Salay, discover the culture and history near Ayeyarwaddy River by visiting the famous Yoke Sone Kyaung Monastery and the heritage museum of Salay U Pone Nya, a famous writer during the time of the Myanmar Kings.

Besides, visit the Popa Taungkalat Shrine, home to 37 animist spirit entities, statues of which can be found at its base.

Stop by the Chauk provincial local markets en route explore Myanmar culture and visit some shops for good-priced souvenirs. Half an hour later you’ll be present at the Yoke Sone Kyaung Monastery, a cultural heritage site in Salay situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy. The Monastery is very famous for spectacular wood cravings and also is the native town of the famous writer Salay U Pone Nya during the time of the Myanmar Kings. You’ll have a chance to see his heritage museum as well.

Then, take a rest at the Popa Mountain resort with terrific views before heading to the 1518m high Mount Popa with an extinct volcano. The Popa Taungkalat Shrine is home to 37 Mahagiri Nats (aminist spirit entities), statues of which can be found at its base. To reach the top, you’ll need to remove shoes and socks and climb up 777 steps to the peak. Notice that there will be plenty of monkeys expecting treats on your way.

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