Sunset from Mount Popa, Myanmar

Sunset over Taung Kalat Monastery

Sunset over Taung Kalat Monastery

Post of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together.
The series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying safe at home.

June 29th, 2020

About an hour from Bagan we’ve arrived at Mount Popa National Park, the site of an extinct volcano. The landscape rises to Popa’s summit at 1,518 meters/4,981 feet. It’s a pretty sight but understandably overshadowed by the surprising feature sitting atop the volcanic plug to the west. A volcanic plug forms when molten rock rises from a volcanic vent and hardens, creating a neck or plug.

Taung Kalat Monastery

Taung Kalat Monastery

Seven hundred seventy-seven steps lead up the side of the plug to Taung Kalat monastery, a gleaming complex of gold spires with a panoramic view above Myanmar. It is a major site of nat or spirit energy and worship in Myanmar. The experience of climbing up for the view is memorable (watch out for the monkeys) but equally enjoyable is seeing the monastery at eye-level from nearby Popa Mountain Resort. Tucked into the jungle of Popa’s hillside, the resort is a remarkable spot to spend a night, watch the light change around the monastery and contemplate the process of building at such a precarious location. In some ways, Taung Kalat feels like Myanmar’s equivalent to Tiger’s Nest.

Pack your bags. Tomorrow, the magic carpet flies on to its next destination. Are you coming along? I hope so!

Until then,


This post is part of this week’s Lens-Artists photo challenge found here.


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