Mandalay is full of craft businesses which are all still operated very traditionally. Another highlights of Mandalay are the stone carvers along Sagaing-Mandalay Road.
The whole area seems to be covered by coat of fine dust of all all that marble that’s being manufactured there. Everywhere, inside the workshops but mostly right on the street, you can see skilled craftsmen chipping and polishing slabs of marble into the most delicate Buddha statues. Big ones, small ones and everything in between. The most astonishing thing was, that no one used templates or sketches of any kind. They seemed to just have the picture of the future Buddha in their heads and just revealed it out of that big slab of rock. I wandered around the area for about an hour just observing the workers’ incredible skills.