Welcome to Mogok, Myanmar’s mysterious mining mecca

High in the hills of northeastern Myanmar, past a few sleepy army checkpoints on a stretch of road where mobile phones lose their signal, an ageing signpost set against a mountainous landscape reads: “WELCOME TO RUBY LAND”. This is the entrance to a little-known and seldom-visited town called Mogok, which is said to be the […]

Myanmar Annual Gems Emporium Kicks off in Nay Pyi Taw

An annual Myanmar gems emporium was opened in Nay Pyi Taw Saturday for its golden jubilee. Some originally-scheduled interim special gem sales and mid- year event were also stopped over the period following the suspension of jade mining work in Pha-Kant, northernmost Kachin state since May 2012 when armed conflicts between the government forces and […]