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More areas in Mogok opened to tourism

Three more villages in Mogok township in Mandalay Region will be opened to tourism due to the rising number of visitors to the area, officials of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism said. Starting this month, tourists will now be allowed to visit Kyauk Pya That, Pan-lin and Bernard villages along the old Mandalay-Matta-Singu and […]

Pyin Oo Lwin residents to protest mining rules

Residents from five townships in Mandalay’s Pyin Oo Lwin district plan to hold a protest against the Myanmar Mine Rules, which they consider weak and not beneficial to the government. The rules, which were drawn up by the Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee, do not include clear punishment of those who violate the rules, and the […]

Myanmar’s ‘Valley of the Rubies’ emerges from shadows

MOGOK, Myanmar — When the world hears about Mogok, it usually concerns some hefty ruby unearthed in the region and auctioned for millions of dollars — the kind of discovery that has dominated news about the remote gem-mining town for decades. But with gnawing anxieties over dwindling gem deposits, locals are turning to a promising […]

On the trail of rubies and gems …

It is widely believed that depending on sheer luck, some gemstone miners strike it rich without any effort on their part, while others spend their lifetime in the mines unable to find even one valuable gem When asked which period he misses the most during his mining career in Mogok, U Aung Than, without any […]

Over 190 mining sites will expire in March as environmental plans drawn up

YANGON-Licences for over 190 mining sites in Lonekhin, Hpakant, Mohnyin, Mogok, Hkamti, Mongshu and Nantyarseik townships are set to expire in March, according to the Ministry of Resources and Environmental Conservation. A total 192 licences granted between 2010 and 2015 will expire for sites in Mongshu, Mogok, Lonekhin, Hpakant, Mohnyin and Nantyarseik townships. Those licences […]

Mogok prepares to party for 800th birthday

Locals hope celebrations will put the ‘Ruby Land’ on the tourist map. Planning has begun for celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the discovery of gems and subsequent founding of Mogok, a rather auspicious occasion for the city which now produces 90 percent of the world’s rubies. The three-day celebration will take place in Mhone […]

Licences for over 300 jewellery mining blocks to expire this month

Licences for some 300 jewellery mining blocks in Mogok in Mandalay Region; Lonekhin, Hpakant, Mohnyin and Nantyaseik in Kachin State; and Mongshu in Shan State, will expire this month, according to an announcement made by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation. The ministry had earlier announced that no licences would be extended or […]

Gold and jewellery trade centres to open in three cities

Gold and jewellery trade centres will be opened in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw soon, said Planning and Finance Minister Kyaw Win on August 28. “We have already negotiated with various businessmen to open gold and jewellery trade centres, which will be open all year long. It will facilitate business for whatever they sell […]

Jade exports earnings plummet since last year

In the first four months of this fiscal year, jade export earnings reached US$24.8 million, down $85 million since the same period last year, according to an official from the commerce ministry. “In the same period last year, export earnings from jade amounted to $109.8 million,” the official said. “Revenues generated at the emporium held […]

Myanmar’s elusive gift from god

Ever since I was a little girl I had dreamed of going to Myanmar’s famed ruby mines of Mogok. My father was a gems dealer and I would spend hours watching him cut and polish the raw stones until they sparkled. Yet however much I nagged, he always refused to teach me the trade. “Gems […]