Mt. Popa (tho is sounds more like "boba") is the weathered core of an extinct volcano, and on top is the main shrine to the "nats", pagan spirits which protect, assist and sometimes hinder one's daily life.
At the base of the stairway to the top is a building which displays the 37 "nats" which have taken human forms.
A very colorful group! Each one has a name, and a particular role or attribute.
This mother, with her two sons, is a central figure in the "nat" hierarchy.
This lady, holding a Burmese harp, is particularly dedicated to music and musicians.
And this one, holding various tools, as well as an empty hand convenient for leaving a donation in, is the protector of workmen.
And this handsome fellow on a horse, with bottles of booze abounding, is particularly revered by drinkers.
After getting an overview of "nats" at the base, one climbs the 777 steps to the shrines to various individual ones, as well as Buddhas, which crown the top.
This "nat" is known for his deep meditation, or powers of concentration.
As for Buddha, well, yes, he was here, and left footprints upon which one may leave a small donation.
And there are lots of Buddha statues around as well. Tapeing money to his garment is akin to placing gold leaf on the statue itself, both seen as acts of good merit, which will help one move up the ladder of beings when reborn in one's next life. But it kind of looks like tips to a go-go dancer. And the LED halo and twinkling "fairy" lights add to that impression as well.
And, oh yeah, monkeys. They scamper up and down the stairs, and across metal roofs with great sound effects, seeking an opening to grab snacks from one's pocket or bag.