Although the military government relocated the official capital to a brand new business district Naypyidaw in 2006, this still feels like the real capital. A contrast of high rise hotels and decaying streets, many cultures combine in the bustling markets.
Signs placed around the city remind locals of the importance of tourism (to the government purse).
A local craftsmen cuts gemstones for sellers at the local markets for $2 a stone. Many of Mogok’s stones are sold here in Yangon. He bought expensive, accurate equipment from the USA but discarded it in favour of his age old wooden tools used to cut the many precise facets on a gemstone such as Mogok Ruby.