The marble and alabaster used in the making of the beautiful Burmese Antique Alabaster Buddha Statues was mined in Myanmar (formerly Burma), and is today still a thriving industry.
Burmese marble is reputed to be among hardest marble in the world. One of the largest marble mines in Myanmar is located 32 miles north of Mandalay at the foot of Sagain Mountain.
From these mountains surrounding Sagain some of the finest marble in the world is mined. Marble from Sagyin (Sagain) mountain is highly sought after by the Chinese and Thai for its pure white colour, it is here where many of the very large Chinese Buddha statues, Kuan Yin and other deities are crafted locally on site or crafted in nearby Mandalay, then shipped to countries such as Thailand and China for their domestic market.
Until present times marble is being mined at such a huge rate there is a concern by local monks who are trying to preserve the 300 year old Pagoda Shwe San Shin which sits on the summit of Phayar Taung mountain from exploitation.