Interesting places in YangonPlaces of interest in Yangon
The Thanlyin City Tour
The Thanlyin ( "Syriam") Thanlyin was from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries an important seaport of the ancient Mon dynasty and commercial centre and the first portugese settlement of the portugese merchant Filipe de Brito in the early sixteenth cent. Syriam, a British city with a former colony, was constructed for its harbour and oil refining area.
It' also a suburb, just a few kilometres from Yangon, over two viaducts. Today Thanlyin is home to a number of regional colleges and is still the biggest and most frequented harbour in the state. A trip to Thanlyin gives you the opportunity to visit a suburb near Yangon and get a foretaste of the countryside, as the city itself is old and interesting.
Thanlyin ( "Syriam") is only a 45 minute ride across the Bago River from Yangon. This was an important commercial centre in the seventeenth century under the adventurer De Brito from Portugal. Today Than-lyin is known for its deep-sea port projects in Thilawa. The tour climaxes with the remains of the old Portugese churches in the centre of the city, the remains of a Roman Catholics temple erected by an ltalian Barnabite Missionar, the Kyaik Khauk Pagoda, enthroned on the hill of the city, an impressive gold Stupa similar to the Shwedagon with a more than 2000 year old ancestor.
Both graves in front of the cemetery are the Myanmar authors Natshinnaung and Padethayaza, who used to write about common men in the Ava era and were written by Mon. Later we continue to Kyauk-Tan Buddha Pic (a small islet on a small creek of the Yangon River), on the way to stop in Bada-Gyi town to see 41 foot high, 100 years old, giant sitting Buddha picture.
Later in the evening, return to Yangon and attend the Bogyoke Aung San Market (Ex-Scott Market) (closed every Monday).