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The world renound ruby mines at Mogok, Burma

The sapphire mines at Bang Kacha, Chanthaburi, Thailand.

Gem mining at Pailin, Cambodia.

Sapphire mining at Bo Ploi, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Ruby mining at Bo Rai, Trat, Thailand.

The marble village of Sagyin, Shan State, Burma.

People of Mogok

Mogok is populated by a diverse collection of ethnic groups many of whom migrated to Mogok during the British colonial times. Many labours were bought in by the British and others have arrived by their own accord to seek their fortune. In Mogok you will find Burmese, Shan, Chinese-Shan, Chinese, Lisu, Palaungs, Muslims, Sikhs, Nepalese-Gurkhas plus many others.

 

A family at Bawpadan

A family at Bawpadan.

Grandfather & Grandaughter at Bernardmyo

Grandfather & Grandaughter at Bernardmyo.

Mining family at the peridot mines, Pyaung Gaung, Mogok

Mining family at the peridot mines, Pyaung Gaung

The corner shop at Bernardmyo

The corner shop at Bernardmyo.

A vendor at the vegetable market, Mogok

A vendor at the vegetable market, Mogok.

Ruby dealer at the Pan Ma Gem Market, Kyatpyin

Ruby dealer at the Pan Ma Gem Market, Kyatpyin.

The mine manager at the peridot mines, Pyaung Gaung, Mogok

The mine manager at the peridot mines, Pyaung Gaung.

Mining family at the peridot mines, Pyaung Gaung, Mogok

Mining family at the peridot mines, Pyaung Gaung.

A dealer at the Pan Ma Gem Market with her daughter

A dealer at the Pan Ma Gem Market with her daughter.

A young boy at tasting chocolate for the first time

A young boy at tasting chocolate for the first time.

A gem dealer at the Pan Ma Gem Market, Kyatpyin

A gem dealer with her baby at the Pan Ma Gem Market, Kyatpyin.

Drinking tea at Bernardmyo

Drinking tea at Bernardmyo.

Eating delicious Shan noodles at a café in Bernardmyo.

 

 

 

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Mogok - Valley of Rubies & Sapphires by Ted Themelis Gems & Mines of Mogok by Ted Themelis

References obtained from the above books. Both these titles are thoroughly recommended reading and can be ordered directly (subject to availability) from www.themelis.com

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