Maha Myat Muni Pagoda to charge foreigners K5000

Foreign visitors to Mandalay’s Maha Myat Muni Pagoda will be charged K5000 (US$3.25) each starting on July 1, according to the Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association. The pagoda, which has had free admission until now, will use the entrance fee for maintenance and conservation, the group said. It is one of Mandalay’s most popular tourist destinations, […]

Gold leaf making business faces competition, disruption

Concerns of disruption and job losses are mounting among Myanmar’s gold leaf makers as demand rises for a swifter, more economical option to produce gold leaf sheets, used mainly for gilding at religious structures like pagodas. Now that machines capable of manufacturing gold leaf sheets are more readily available and affordable, the handmade industry is […]