"Bridge over the River Kwai" Kanchanaburi Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

Kanchanaburi Things to Do: 249 reviews and 506 photos

This is the main reason for coming to Kanchanaburi but I'm afraid the area is spoilt with tourist trap souvenir shops selling T-shirts and CD's, a market selling clothes and loud music - hardly a fitting memorial to all of those that died here building this bridge and the railway.

Anyway, the bridge is located some 3km north of the main town across the Kwae Yai River. Immortalised in the famous movie and novel, it was a part of the infamous Death Railway to Burma, constructed by POWs working for the Japanese in hellish conditions during World War 2. Some 16,000 POWs and 100,000 Asian workers died during the railway construction. The present iron bridge is the second wartime incarnation (a part of the wooden original can be found in the WWII Museum), but 2 central 'box-like' spans were rebuilt after the war to replace three sections destroyed by Allied bombing. You can cross the bridge on foot where the centre of the track has been thoughtfully turned into a steel-plated walkway and there are little side platforms between the spans for sightseeing and avoiding trains.

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  • Written Oct 25, 2009
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