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Close-up of the Popa Taungkalat Monastery at the top of a volcanic plug of Mount Popa
Myanmar (Burma), Pegu area, March 2012

Rising to 2,417 feet (737 meters) from the flat, surrounding plain, the Mt Popa Taungkalat Monastery is built on the core of an extinct volcano last active 250000 years ago. It takes 777 steps, fending off monkeys, and a dose of ambition to reach the top of this volcanic plug that formed a pedestal hill (named Taung Kalat) sticking out of the mountain's sloping hillside: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Popa
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Sep 02 2012 17:46 GMT 25barb
Incredible close up.... when I looked at the first photo, I thought the monastery was beautiful...But WOW what a gorgeous scene...
Absolutely stunning and exquisite.
Sep 02 2012 17:53 GMT Lalbabu
Fantastic closeup!!!
Sep 02 2012 17:55 GMT Lie
Looks if it can fall off any moment...great shot !
Sep 02 2012 17:59 GMT Myshots
Amazing image and shot, always great notes....Awesome....
Sep 02 2012 18:13 GMT FRIESIAN
What a beautiful building!! Great photo Peter!
Sep 02 2012 18:20 GMT annaschnitfink
What a very special (and elegant) building dear Senna!
Sep 02 2012 18:30 GMT ujbanyiv
Great Photo. Wonderful Place...
Sep 02 2012 18:57 GMT martini957
777 steps and monkeys...what were they thinking
Sep 02 2012 19:31 GMT pieter40
a Great and very nice photo,the colours are Beautiful.!!!!!!!
Sep 02 2012 19:42 GMT superJoan
Beautiful building..looks as if it is ready to fall over the ground...
Sep 03 2012 05:20 GMT MargNZ
Stunning monastery at the top ... thank you for conquering the 777 steps Peter :))
Sep 03 2012 19:02 GMT HMBPA PRO
Did you make it to the top? I didn't get past 100 steps. Good shot of the "Monastery of the Nats."
Sep 04 2012 07:23 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
Looks like quite a place!

777 steps....wow!
Sep 04 2012 15:04 GMT senna3
Yes, we did HMBPA, taking many photographs on the go to give ourselves time to recover!
Sep 04 2012 17:31 GMT senna3
Thanks everyone for the nice comments!