Popa Mountain Park

  • Popa

    Mountain Park


  • Located

    between 20° 53′ N and 95° 15′ E in Kyaukpadaung Township of Mandalay



  • 49.63

    square miles.


of Establishment

  • Established

    in 1983 and opened as park in 1989.

  • (a) Yangon

    via Pyay and Kyaukpadaung to Popa, 412 miles by car.

  • (b) Yangon

    via Meikhtila and Kyaukpadaung to Popa, 400 miles by car.

  • (c) Yangon

    via Nyaung-U, 320 miles by air and 37 miles by car.


  • (a) To

    preserve the forest area of popa Mountain and to conserve the unique

    dry zone ecosystem and biodiversity with various plants and wildlife


  • (b) To

    conserve the watersheds of near by reservoirs and dams including Kyetmauktaung


  • (c) To

    ensure continuous flow of water supply to Kyaukpadaung and nearby villages

    from natural springs.

  • (d) To

    conserve medicinal plants and climbers.

  • (e) To

    preserve unique geological features and to conserve cultural and religious


  • (f) To

    promote ecotourism.


/ Vegetative Types

  • (a) Than-Dahat


  • (b) Low

    Indaing Forests

  • (c) Upper

    Mixed Deciduous Forests

  • (d) Hill

    Evergreen Forests

  • (e) Pine


  • (f) Hill


  • Monkey,

    barking deer, wild pig, jungle cat, wild dog and about 140 avifauna

    species inhabit the Popa area. The dusky leaf monkey is a scare animal

    and about 150 minkeys live in the Popa Mountain Park.


Plants and Climbers

  • In accordance

    with the collected data, about 40 medicinal plants and some climbers

    are growing in the Popa Mountain Park. These plants and climbers are

    being explored through field research works.


Development and Research   Programmes


  • (a) Conservation

    of natural forest

  • (b) Enrichment

    planting with indigenous tree species.

  • (c) Establishment

    of Popa Mountain Resorts, construction of mountain circuits and maintainance

    of golf course to facilitate recreation and promote ecotourism.

  • (d) Conducting

    of research works on the conservation of flora and fauna.

  • (e) Establishment

    of watershed Plantations.

  • (f) Conservation

    and planting of medicinal plants and climbers.

  • (g) Promoting,

    public awarness of environmental conservation.

  • (h) Conducting

    of Socio-ecimomic surveys in nearby villages.

  • (i) Implementation

    of buffer zone management.


for Study and Recreation

  • (a) Observing

    dry zone ecosystem, avifauna species and other wild animals.

  • (b) Enjoyment

    of the natural beauty of Popa, Oasis of the Dry Zone.

  • (c) Studying

    the naturally regenerated of sandalwood species.

  • (d) Studying

    geological features and minerals from and extinct volcano which erupted

    25,000 years ago.

  • (e) Studying

    the natural forests by trekking on foot or on horseback along the forest


  • (f) Observing

    the medicinal plants and climbers and conducting field research works.

  • (g) Enjoyment

    of natural beauty by car, horse or on foot and playing golf.

  • (h) Lodging

    with meals at the Popa Mountain Resorts of the Forest Department.

  • (i) Studying

    at the environemental education centre.

  • (j) Accommodation

    for about 16 persons at the Popa Guest House and about 6 persons at

    the ”Yenge” Guest House.

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