In the center of Burma is the most amazing of the monasteries. This is the Taung Kalat, which draws attention not only for its architectural beauty, but also for the intricacy that comes to it and especially because it is on the top of a volcano that is not known if it is active. Amazing truth?
Taung Kalat, built on a volcano
Located 30 kilometers from the ancient city of Bagan, right in the center of Burma, is this amazing monastery. There are many aspects that make this monument something out of the ordinary, but without a doubt its particular location is the most surprising feature.
The monastery of Taung Kalat was built on the neck of the ancient volcano called “Monte Popa”. Although many experts believe that the volcano is no longer a danger, it is not known with certainty whether or not it is inactive, hopefully this is the case, since in addition to a natural misfortune it would mean losing this spectacular Buddhist monastery.Taung KalatOPIS Zagreb
Buddhists revere Mount Popa as a sacred mountain, they believe that there are the thirty-seven Nats or spirits of natural forces. Numerous local legends revolve around the formation of the mountain, whose monastery is considered the most important center of worship in Burma.
History tells us that from the kingdom of Tagaung, the Nats sought refuge here from King Thinligyaung of Bagan (344-387). Later they built the monastery, to which the faithful come to bring offerings of flowers and food.
Taung Kalat, an almost magical place
Many Burmese people go to Mount Pope every year to venerate the Nats, although not everyone dares or can climb to the monastery. And besides being on the top of a volcano, access is quite complicated.
There is only one way to get to Taung Kalat monastery, it is a 777 step ladder from a slightly steep climb up one of the volcano's slopes. Physical impediments or fear is what makes not everyone can venture up to the temple, would you go up?Taung Kalat - Trofimov Denis
Those who manage to reach the top are rewarded with one of the most amazing views of Burma. Watching the sunset in this mythical place full of legends, silence and peace is one of the most regenerating experiences that exist.
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Taung Kalat monastery
Taung Kalat monastery is one of the most beautiful and impressive architectural works in Burma. Its columns are pieces of extraordinary beauty and its gardens are the ideal place to enjoy the imposing landscape and the peace that is breathed in that place.Taung Kalat Temple - Yusei
Numerous statues and Buddhist altars embellish the place where the faithful go to meditate and ask for favors. From the top you can see the small houses that are at the foot of the volcano. Of course, you must be very cautious, since there is not much security as for handrails at the end of the building, it can be a dangerous thing to get very close to the edge.
Taung Kalat can be translated as “the pedestal hill”, a very appropriate name for this monastery that stands on top of this volcano at an altitude of more than 700 meters. An ideal place to forget about the problems that overwhelm us every day and find the peace and tranquility necessary to continue with more force than ever.
Climbing to Taung Kalat monastery can be an arduous task, but it is well worth the reward. And you, would you like to go up and get to know this magnificent monastery?