Thanlyin and Kyauktan (Syriam) was once an important city on the Irrawaddy Delta but is today a forgotten suburb of Yangon. The city, an important seventeenth-century port, was destroyed by King Alaungpaya and is best known for the Portuguese adventurer and short-time self-proclaimed King Philip de Brito, a one-time Portuguese mercenary who became the de-facto ruler of Syriam until, in 1613, he was defeated by the Bamar and impaled.
Thanylin is a short taxi ride away (US$30 round trip) or catch a local bus from Bogoyoke Aung San Road in Pazundaung Township for a crowded ride into the past (around 350kyat)! From Thanlyin, a boat (1500 kyat) takes a few minutes to get across to Kyauktan.
Kyauktan Ye Le Pagoda (Island Pagoda)
Lies about 20 km south of Thanlyin on a tributary of the Yangon River, can be found the unusual Kyauktan Pagoda. The journey by jeep or bus takes about 45 minutes from Thanlyin. The Pagoda is indeed on an island in the middle of the river. It was built by king Zeyasana , the seventh king of the pada Dynasty in the third century BC. The first Pagoda was only 11 feet high.