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The entrance to the Myanmar Gems Museum and Gems Mart
The entrance to the Myanmar Gems Museum and Gems Mart.

Jade, rubies, sapphires and pearls. These are the precious Burmese gem stones you’ll find at the Myanmar Gems Museum.

Located in Yangon, Myanmar, buyers can not only learn more about the precious stones here, but peruse its 82-store Gem Mart to purchase the raw and finished high-quality gem products to fit their needs.

Here are six reasons to tour the Myanmar Gems Museum and Gems Mart for an unforgettable experience.

1. The Museum and Mart’s shop owners and sales staff are available to help you make purchasing decisions.

The Gems Mart spans three stories, allowing visitors to shop in comfort without large crowds. For those that like their space, the private shop owners and sales staff are not too aggressive when selling their precious stones. This can give you the opportunity to decide on your purchase without any distractions. There are usually only a handful of visitors shopping at any time in a store, so you will have undivided attention from the shop.

2. The Gems Mart allows you to verify your gems with their ce rtified staff.

The Gems Mart hosts a laboratory where you can verify your stone is genuine, saving you both time and energy. Before the opening of Gems Mart, the Bogyoke Market in Yangon was the only place to verify precious stones.

3. It’s a one-stop gem shop.

The Gems Mart offers an all-inclusive gemological experience. You are able to verify your stone, pay the required 10 percent tax, take the receipt and then head to the airport to board your flight. While shopping, you may even run into some representatives of the Myanmar Gems & Jewelry Entrepreneurs Association.

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4. A variety of gems, from loose stones to simple carvings are available.

The Gems Mart offers something for everyone. From the sophisticated buyer who is particular about the design of the gem carving to the first-time buyer looking for a great gift for friends and family, the Gem Mart has plenty of quality carvings or loose stones for you to choose from.

5. The Museum offers an easy and fun way to learn more about precious stones.

The Myanmar Gems Museum located on the building’s fourth floor offers you a quick and easy way to learn about the various types of minerals and gems found in Myanmar as well as how to grade stones for quality.

From raw to first-class stones, from loose stones to jewelry, the museum has a wide array of gems on display, some you may never even have heard of before! Moreover, the friendly staff are always available if you desire more information. If the Gems Museum in Yangon captivates you to learn even more, there is a large Gems Museum in Nay Pyi Taw for you to explore as well.

6. Increase your productivity and note-taking skills at the museum.

Time to brush up on those note taking skills! Since the museum does not allow to visitors to take pictures or video, taking notes will really help you retain all the information you’ll be learning there.

Myanmar Gems Museum & Gems Mart

No 66, Kaba Aye Pagoda Road,

Mayangone Township, Yangon, Myanmar.

Tel: +95 1 665115, 665870, 665169, 665812, 665816, 665849.

Entrance fee: $5 USD for foreigners and 1000 MMK for locals

Open daily from 9:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. except Monday and government Holidays.

About the Author – Juliet Shwe Gaung

Juliet Shwe Gaung

Juliet Shwe Gaung is an Export consultant for the Hinrich Fondation’s Developing Country Export Assistance Program (DCEAP) in Myanmar.

She is responsible for the foundation’s export assistance works in Myanmar and the content of the sourcing reports of Myanmar. Before that, she was a Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholar for Master of Arts in International Journalism Studies program in Hong Kong Baptist University.