Tuang Kalat (“Pedestal Hill”) is often referred to a Mount Popa, but it’s actually a volcanic “plug” near Mount Popa. A Buddhist monastery is located at the summit of Taung Kalat and it’s 777 steps to the top. Throughout the entire, steep climb you have to fend off monkeys, vendors, and “donation” requests from people maintaining and cleaning the steps (shoes are not allowed since it’s a holy place). The reward is a beautiful view of Old Bagan and the surrounding area which is a bit greener than the rest of Bagan because of 200 streams and fertile soil from the volcanic ash.

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