Jade Market

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Glenn F
Mandalay, Myanmar255 contributions
Feb 2023
If you like very crowded places, this one is for you! It is a once in a lifetime experience. I'm glad we went, but won't go back. Foreigners have to pay a small entry fee.
Written February 20, 2023
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Jittima P
952 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Will see raw materials as well as finished goods.
Please do the bargain as much as you can.
People hardly speak English.
MMK, USD, THB are accepted.
Written January 26, 2020
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bermudaboyd
Hamilton, Bermuda22 contributions
Dec 2019
This is the inner place to go if you are interested in looking at how people sell Jade and buy it. the locals come in with bags of Jade bracelets and wholesalers value them and buy them. they are not really interested in selling stuff to you but they will if you find interesting stuff. we got some interesting Rock samples...not sure of their actual value...good idea to look on a web site as you look to get a price. At airport interestingly hard to get on the plane and actually need an export certificate from some of the sellers. luckily the customs officer let us take ours out of the country.
Written January 11, 2020
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Luiza R
Bangkok, Thailand178 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We paid the 2,500 per person and then left the market within 5 minutes. It’s not really for tourists, at least not the side where we were dropped off. It was full of traders, terrible crowd, men only, spitting the red paan all over. If you are with a guide, maybe ok to go in. But as a mother of 2 teenagers of which one daughter, we didn’t feel safe and hurried back.
Written December 26, 2019
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cintansh
Singapore, Singapore33 contributions
Dec 2019
I was initially reluctant to visit this market as I have no interest in jade but surprisingly, we enjoyed the experience as the market is very vibrant and we stayed for an hour. The roadside vendors offer cheaper options while those in the markets sell more high-valued jade. For traders, there is a separate section where you have to pay 2500 myat to go in to view and negotiate the pieces. My teenage son even bought a torch from the market to shine through the jades to assess their quality. We ended up buying one piece of jade as a paper weight to bring home as a momento from Mandalay.
Written December 22, 2019
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Emma G
Telford, UK642 contributions
Nov 2019
We asked our guide to go here on our first day. You will not be hassled at all by anyone as they are selling to brokers, so you can wander round. We payed the extra kyat to go into the inner market it was only 2,500 kyat a person and worth it to see the tightly packed area with some many sellers, some with just jade cuts, other with jewellery already made. A really interesting experience
Written December 3, 2019
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PicMorDaisies
Edmonton, Canada918 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
We stopped in for a visit to the Jade Market. It's a super busy place with lots of buyers/sellers and tourists like us wandering around. There are all sorts of jade pieces larges and small on sale, some of high quality, others of low or medium quality. One can visit the jade cutting area how foreigners must pay 2500 to enter this and we chose to skip it. We enjoyed seeing the buying and selling going on but didn't stay too long.
Written April 12, 2019
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justravel
Vancouver492 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
We had visited many local markets but this was different. We found seeing the trading of raw jade materials to final materials educational.

Funny how they used their phones to examine the polished stones to determine pricing.
Written February 22, 2019
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ruth w
Jerusalem District, Israel15 contributions
Jan 2019

Visiting Burma, our first day started in the Jade Market in Mandalay. Watching the merchants, some of them sell just small stones, some of the Jade stones are very big and heavy.
We watch how the stones are cut in order to gain the maximum pieces and structures. The market was loaded with sellers, buyers and of course tourists, like us. In some lanes, people (mostly Chinese) were sitting in front of a stall with a computer, scales, camera and special torches – by weight, light and photograph – they send their employers pictures and data about the stones they are going to purchase.
Written February 14, 2019
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kowie55
Chennai (Madras), India646 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Our guide took us to the Jade Market. At one level, the 87th street looks like a crazy, overgrown fish market. The whole street is full of street vendors who nonchalantly display rocks containing precious minerals on open benches. The wares may be worth huge amounts, but it looks absolutely safe to leave it in the open. Buying agents from Burma, China and India are constantly going from vendor to vendor, flashing special torch-lights on the rocks, making offers and signing deals. The nearby tea shops are full of agents trying to seal a deal.
Burma has 70 % of the world's jadeite reserves, and Mandalay is an important market. This is a market for experts who can make a fortune using their gemology skills; probably not the place for a retail customer to buy something expensive. Our lack of technical and communication skills can lead us to a costly mistake. But there are many pavement shops, which sell low-grade and semi precious stones. They are cheap, but pleasing to the eye; there's very little risk in buying! If you are looking to buy precious jade jewellery or high quality gems, it is probably better to visit a government licensed shop...
There is also a government market --- almost entirely manned by women. On another side, there is a whole block of workshops and souvenir shops. For a tourist the fun is more in observing the lively action, rather than in clinching a high value bargain.
Written February 8, 2019
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