After breakfast drive to Sagyin village on the banks of the Ayeyerwady River, about 1 hr (46 kilometres) from Mandalay. Along the road from Mandalay to Mogok, are dozens of small shops selling the marble statues, most of them some variation on depictions of the Buddha. Along the road to the village, workers can be seen plying their trade, their faces covered in the thick powder from the marble, giving them the appearance of vampires. Hardly any of the workers wear masks to protect themselves from the plumes of dust. The statues sent to China are typically transported through the border town of Ruili. Apart from the Chinese, other traders come from Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan. Chinese traders regularly come to visit the area to purchase the statues. The most popular ones can be seen dotted around the town, most notably the “smiling Buddha” and Quan Yin statues.
Return to Mandalay.
Itinerary is subject to changes depending on regional conditions.
- Sightseeing with English speaking station guide
- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with driver