Gold Pounders Workshop, Mandalay


Posted on January 16th, by Juan in Handicrafts & Workshops. 2 comments

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Gold pounders striking the gold to make it paper-thin.

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Workers get bad backs after 10 years of work and usually at the age of 45 is when they stop because the body can’t take any more.

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This is a water clock that tells the gold pounders when to take a break. It is a coconut shell placed in a pot of water. The shell has a small hole in it and it takes 1 hour to fill up and sink. When this happens, they rest for 15 minutes.

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The hammer they use weighs 3 kilograms.

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One of the stacks of gold leaves being pounded.

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Gold pounder checking the leaves.

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Gold leaves ready to be packaged.

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Woman in gold workshop preparing the leaves to be sold.

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Buddha covered in gold-leaf.

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2 thoughts on “Gold Pounders Workshop, Mandalay

  1. Juan, thank you for putting together this blog. We’re headed to Burma over the holiday and this looks like something my kids (12, 10, and 8) would really enjoy. Can you tell me where we can find the gold pounders?
    Thanks,
    Sarah

    • Thanks Sarah! :)
      I don’t remember exactly the name of this one, but in Mandalay there are many. I’m sure if you ask in your hotel or any teashop they will tell you where to find them.
      Happy travels!
      Juan

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