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Mogok

Mogok is a city in the Pyin Oo Lwin District of the Mandalay Region of Burma (Myanmar), located 200 km north of Mandalay and 148 km northeast of Shwebo. Mogok is a city in the Pyin Oo Lwin District of the Mandalay Region of Myanmar, located 200 km north of Mandalay and 148 km north-east of Shwebo. Mogok was in Shan State and after British, the town was put in Mandalay Region along with Pyin Oo Lwin. It is situated in a valley surrounded by a large number of mountains.Tourists that travel to this area need a special authorization and a guide person. Mogok and other villages nearby have been famous since ancient times for its gemstones, especially ruby and sapphire. Gems are sold in markets in Mogok; however, foreigners require special permits to visit the town, and purchase/export of gems from Myanmar at non-government licensed dealers is illegal. 90% of a certain version of the world's rubies come from Myanmar .There are many other ruby sources in the world such as Sri Lanka and various places in Africa. Only in terms of quality Mogok rubies are best. The area that is said to be home to 90% of the world’s high-grade rubies. As spectacular as the gemstones of Mogok are the town’s lake and the pagoda-covered mountains surrounding the city. Cinema Hall Market,the epicentre of the gem trade in Myanmar, Mogok has many marketplaces for gems. The early-morning market is known as the Cinema Hall Market, as it is outside the old cinema, and involves local dealers pushing ro… British War Cemetery, at Ywar Thar Yar, about 12 miles from Mogok, is a stark reminder of the remote battle sites that once dotted the world during the days of the British Empire. The cemetery is rather neglected… King Chaung Waterfall, pretty waterfall has been turned into a bit of a circus with the establishment of an amusement park below. Choose from bumper cars, a vomit-inducing 5-D ride and other arcade games or head straight to the water…

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