Mogok Attractions

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Often called the ‘Valley of Rubies’, Mogok is a pretty town surrounded by mountains. It is about 200 kilometres from Mandalay. Thanks to its high altitude, Mogok has a cool temperate climate all year round, making it ideal for escaping the hot weather of Mandalay.

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Mogok houses 90% of the world’s highest-grade rubies as well as high-grade blue sapphires. The reserves were found centuries ago and have been quoted in ancient literature. There are also reserves of semi-precious stones such as garnet, lapis lazuli, amethyst, moonstone, peridot and chrysoberyl.

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Things To Do

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PHAUNG DAW OO PAYA

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This pagoda is a highly respected Buddhist monastery in the country, featuring 5 ancient images of Buddha covered in gold leaf. It is located quite close to Mogok. The best time to visit this pagoda is during Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, which happens in October or November every year.

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KYAUK PYA THET

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The town of Mogok is surrounded by mountains and almost every mountain is topped with pagodas. This pagoda is one of the famous ones where a super-friendly monk resides. When you visit this pagoda, the monk will offer you green tea salad with hot green tea. You’ll find an excellent view of the surrounding from here.

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DAW NAN KYI MOUNTAIN

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This is a mountain with an interesting legend behind it. Even though people can mine stones in other mountains around the town, this mountain could not be mined, thanks to the legend. Hence, a pagoda was built on top of it. You can enjoy a panoramic view of Mogok from this mountain.

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GEMS MARKET

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Being a gem centre, you should check out the gems market, which is called ‘Htar Pwal’ in the local language. The market runs in two shifts – morning shift is from 7 AM to 11 AM and the evening shift is from 2 PM to 6 PM. In the morning, cheaper gems worth up to 10,000 Kyats are sold. The expensive gems worth millions are sold in the evenings.

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