Syriam Travel Guide

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Syriam Overview

Syriam is now officially known as Thanlyin. It is situated on the other side of Yangon River, and is an important port city in Myanmar.

It was home to trading ports set up by Portuguese, Dutch, French and British merchants. Its greatest moment was in the early 17th century when the Portuguese adventurer Philip de Brito established his own private Kingdom. The town flourished until it was destroyed by King Alaungpaya in 1756.

When the British annexed Lower Myanmar about 100 years later, it was Yangon rather than Thanlyin that became the main trading post. Colonial buildings are evident in downtown Thanlyin. A few miles south of the town on a hill stand the Kyaik-Khauk Pagoda, from where one can see the city of Yangon at a distance.

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