Mount Popa Pagoda reopens for local pilgrims

The rocky volcanic plug of Mt. Popa.  Photo: Chan Tha (Meikhtila)

The local pilgrims are allowed to visit Mount Popa Pagoda located in Kyaukpadaung Township in Mandalay Region starting from 30 June on condition that the pilgrims comply with the coronavirus rules and restrictions, according to the Mount Popa pagoda board of trustees.
Because of the outbreak of coronavirus, the Mount Popa pagoda board of trustees announced that beginning from 31 March, the local visitors would be allowed to visit Mount Popa only if they could produce the health certificates issued by the related township health department. So, there have been no pilgrims visiting Mount Popa pagoda. Now, the local pilgrims are allowed to visit the pagoda in the event of abidance by the coronavirus rules and regulations, according to a member of Mount Popa pagoda board of trustees. “Now, the pagoda board of trustees allows entry of the pilgrims. However, the pilgrims have to stick to coronavirus restrictions imposed. We are taking record of the pilgrims’ information such as their addresses or phone numbers. We are also making arrangements for keeping the water basins for the visitors to clean their hands,” he added. To be able to prevent the spreading of the viral disease in the pagoda, the local travellers need to wear facemasks and clean their hands. The pagoda board of trustees will check the local travellers’ body temperature and allow them to visit Mount Popa Pagoda if they do not have a high fever.
The monkeys in Mount Popa area are lucky enough to have sufficient feeds because the feeds are donated by the local residents from the villages near Mount Popa. The monkeys are fed three times a day by the pagoda board of trustees. —Aye Maung (Translated by Hay Mar)

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