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The Bridge over River Kwai (the Death Railway Bridge) at Kanchanaburi, Thailand

The Bridge on the River Kwai (the Death Railway Bridge) at Kanchanaburi, Thailand

The Bridge on the River Kwai (the Death Railway Bridge) at Kanchanaburi, Thailand

The Bridge on River Kwai is one of the main attractions in Kanchanaburi Province which spans across Maenam Khwae Yai. The Japanese Imperial Army brought the black iron bridge from Java during World War II. It was then resembled by Allied Prisoners of War (POW) under Japanese supervision. The bridge was part of a strategic railway route to Myanmar in which the Japanese aimed to secure supplies with which to conquer other western Asian countries.

River Kwai Bridge Station at Kanchanaburi, Thailand

The River Kwai Bridge train station at Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Construction started on September 16, 1942 and was completed on 25 December 1943. It is 415 kilometers long (about 303 kilometers in Thailand and about 112 kilometers in Burma) and passed through the Three Pagoda Pass in Sangkhlaburi District, the northern most part of Kanchanaburi. It is estimated that over 16,000 POWs from England, Australia, Holland and America died while building the bridge which was a target of bombing raids in 1945. In addition to this, approximate 90,000 laborers from Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia died during its construction.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (the Death Railway Bridge) at Kanchanaburi, Thailand

The Death Railway at Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Rebuilt after WWII, the bridge is still in use today with the curved portions of the bridge being that of the original. An attraction of note is the annual light and sound event at the bridge to commemorate the Allied attack in 1945.

A daily train is still following the historical route from Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok Railway Station. It is a photo opportunity not to be missed to capture the magical moment of the train crossing the bridge.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (the Death Railway Bridge) at Kanchanaburi, Thailand

A daily train is still following the historical route from Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok Railway Station

For more information:

The State Railway of Thailand,
Tel. 1690, +66 (2) 220 4334
www.railway.co.th

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Other Places of Interest:

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
JEATH War Museum

The Bridge on the River Kwai (the Death Railway Bridge) at Kanchanaburi, Thailand

The Bridge on the River Kwai (the Death Railway Bridge) at Kanchanaburi, Thailand

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