Located in the uplands of northern Mandalay Division. Mogok has for centuries been Burma's major producer of sapphires and world famous "pigeon blood" rubies. Because gemstones are a state monopoly, the extensive mines, both open pits and tunnels, are tightly controlled by the Tatmadaw, although foreign visitors have been allowed in recent years. Because of the uncertainties and sudden changes in fortune of the gem trade, the people of Mogok have a reputation for being especially devout Buddhists.

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