A commemoration of the 800th anniversary of Mogok kicked off yesterday with ceremonial celebrations, many of them centred on rubies, for which the region is famous.
The celebration is aimed to promote the gems and tourism industry of Mogok, which is also known as Ruby Land, to advertise the culture of ethnic people living in harmony in the same area, to pass the good heritage of the Ruby Land to the next generation of the city and to create jobs in the tourism sector.
Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung and regional cabinet members attended the opening ceremony. In his opening address, the Chief Minister expressed thanks to local ethnic peoples and the people from Mogok who are settling in other areas for their united efforts for holding the celebration.
Organisers of the event hope that foreign tourists will visit the anniversary celebration and share their experiences with friends and families in their own countries.
At the commemoration, sports competitions, music entertainment and festivities will be included. Burmese, Lisu, Shan and Palaung ethnic people reside in Mogok, which produces world-famous rubies and other precious gemstones. In addition, Mogok is surrounded by a large number of mountains and it has a temperate climate. The city has many historical temples and pagodas.
By Khaing Sat Wai