Up to Mogok, Valley of Rubies

The winding mountain road that leads from Mandalay up into the mountains of Mogok is known colloquially as “the road of 999 bends” and roughly follows the track that traders would have used when coming down from the Shan Hills to the settlement of Yadanarbon and Amarapura. Breakfast at the red canal meant that we […]

Locals strive to develop other industries in bid to preserve Mogok’s natural resources

While Mogok is known for its mining of precious gems as its main industry, local elders are teaming up with relevant government departments to improve their travel industry in order to reduce damaging the natural environment. Restrictions for international travelers to Mogok were relaxed in September 2018 and nearby villages of Bernard, Panlin, and Kaukpyathat […]

Mogok – Myanmar’s ruby in the rough

Getting to Mogok is not easy, as the name of the road leading up to this small mining town suggests. “The road of 999 bends”, as it’s colloquially known, is famous for its many sharp turns in the surrounding highlands. But exiting the 1000th turn is quite rewarding, as the small town with its glittering […]

No takers for gem-trading licences

No one has applied for licences to trade raw and finished gems at Mandalay’s Kyauk Wine gem market, where thousands of people trade daily, said U Maung Maung Shein, deputy general manager of Myanmar Gems Enterprise (Mandalay). Under the gems law, merchants can apply for three kinds of licences, and no one has applied for […]

Mogok attracts more tourists in six months since opening to foreigners

Over 900 foreign tourists have visited Mogok, famed as Myanmar’s ruby centre, since the government opened it to foreign visitors in September, according to Mandalay Region’s Directorate of Hotels and Tourism. The agency said the figures include the number of visitors through March. Mogok is famous among local travellers for its diverse ethnic groups and […]

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 […]