Mogok trip is not
permitted for the time being due to no reason.
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info when it is open again.
Mogok (Ruby land)
Duration - 3 days 2 nights
Best time - All year round
Mogok is just a famous town as the ruby-land of Myanmar either in Myanmar or
the international community. It is 128 miles from Mandalay. The
ruby-land is in the centre of four mountains namely 5,955 feet high
Myomin taung in the east, 7,544 feet high Taungme taung in the
north-east, 5, 277 feet high Daw Nan Keeh taung and 5, 354 feet high
Pingu taung in the west. Hence geography of Mogoke looks like an oven.
There are green and lush forests around the town as there is wet
Mogok is a town where mixed national races of Shan, Palaung and Lisu are
mainly residing. Gems mining and selling is their living while some
other local people work on farms. It is said that the land of Mogoke
existed about 1-thousand million years ago where human beings had been
living in pre-historic era. Geologists estimate that the rock layer of
Mogoke is one of the most natural rock layers of Myanmar.
Mogoke attracts public attention for its precious gems-rubies, sapphires
and balas rubies-as well as its significant natural panoramic view.
Mogoke was once abundance in precious stones. It is said that gems could
be discovered if someone merely pulls off a turf of grass. Today gems
are extracted through traditional methods of digging by hand and mining
by machinery equipment in respective gem tracts.
In the gems industry of Mogok, Hta Pwe or gem markets play vital role in
selling and buying the stones. Gems cutting are also a cottage industry
Day 1 Mandalay - Mogoke by car
Depart from Mandalay by car after breakfast about 7 hours drive. Mogok
is 125 miles from Mandalay City.
First driving part is passing through flat and plain.
Then after, a motorway winding up and down the mountain to pass through
the forest and the hills in peace and tranquillity but singing of the
birds. The motorway is safe although there are nearly one thousand bends
and curves along the route. The region being the home of national races-
Shan- Palaung and Lisu, the travellers can see their villages along the
route and study their traditional customs and daily work.
You may feel fresh because of cool weather and may also be thrilling and itching
while driving on the motorway with bends and curves and the sight of
ravine and valleys. Lunch break at Shwe Nyaungbin village, named after a
majestic banyan tree, after driving about 5 hours. The village races are
living on farming, woodcutting, weaving thatch for roofing and selling
regional products of vegetable. By driving further, you'll observe
fairly close small villages of the national races at the foot and at the
top of the mountains. There is pleasant viewing of mountain plantations
as well as farms on the plains.
On arrival at Kyat Pyin village, west of Mogoke, visit gems mines in
open pit and four-feet-square one. Proceed to Mogoke. Sunset from
KyeeNiTaung. Overnight in Mogoke.
Day 2 Mogok sightseeing by car
This morning first visit to AungChanThar market with ethnic hill tribes
in and around Mogok. More visit to open pit mines, tunnel type mines and
traditional four feet square mines.
Private gem traders open sale shops in Mogok but there are also venues called "Hta
Pwe" for sale of the gems. The places are called "Hta Pwe" in reference
to keeping gem packets in brass trays known as "Hta".
Gem dealers in Mogok usually take great care of "Pana" the light in
selling the stones. They separate the light of the Sun "soft" "strong"
and "normal". The gem dealings are carried out only at the time the Sun
light is normal. Selling and buying of the gems is done twice a day-once
in the morning and another one in the evening at the "Hta market" at
PanChan ward where rubies, sapphire, balas rubies and other multi-coloured
stones are sold.
There are various types of dealers at the gem markets in Mogoke. Some of
them buy only high price stones of their own selection while some of
them buy only the gems they specialized, and some dealers who are
experts in all kinds of valuable stones. Afternoon visit to gold smith
and gem souvenir shops. The last view of Mogok from ChanThaGyi pagoda.
Overnight in Mogok.
Day 3 Mogok - Mandalay by car
Breakfast at hotel and return to Mandalay. On the way visit panning out
gold near Chang Gyi village. Lunch at Lat Pan village.