FD - Kanchanaburi, River Kwai & Jeath Museum


| May 15, 2020

Discover second world war history at the infamous bridge over River Kwai and the Burma Railway near Kanchanaburi, west of Bangkok. Visit the moving Allied war cemeteries, where 6,982 Australian, Dutch and British war prisoners who lost their lives during the construction of the Death railway lie at rest. At the JEATH Museum – an acronym for the nations of Japan, England, Australia, Thailand and Holland – an Allied prisoner of war camp has been recreated, with photographs, documents and physical memorabilia documenting the building of the railway under harrowing conditions by Allied POWs. The Burma railway, was a 415km length of track between Bangkok and Rangoon built for the Japanese forces during the war. Closed in 1947, the section between Nong Pla Duk and Nam Tok was reopened 10 years later for the spectacular journey up to the end of the line at Nam Tok, close to the Burmese border. For a different perspective hike along the Memorial Walking Trail, from where there are views out to Burma. An audio guide is provided to help create the scene and to link the context and location with real life experiences narrated by prisoners of war who worked on the line. Nearby is the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, built and maintained by the Australian government and dedicated to the Allied prisoners of war and Asian labourers who suffered and died at Hellfire Pass and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region during the second world war.

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