Bridge over the river Kwai, Kanchanabury, Thailand

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Bridge over the river Kwai

In the Mid-West of Thailand, the Khwae Yai river (big Khwae) flows. Also known as: “the river Kwai”. Over the Big Kwai, a bridge was built in the year 1943. This bridge was built just before the Big Kwai river merges with the little Kwai river and jointly become the Mae Klong river. (Klong river). You can find the bridge over the river Kwai in the Thai village of Kanchanabury, about 3 hours drive from Bangkok.

Picture: Bridge over the river Kwai Picture: Bridge over the river Kwai

The bridge over the River Kwai is a Railway bridge with a major historic significance as the bridge over the river Kwai is part of the “DeathRailway”. In the construction of the DeathRailway, many (Western) prisoners of war lost their lives. With the construstion of the bridge over the river Kwai, 8 nine people died.

Picture: Bridge over the river Kwai Picture: Bridge over the river Kwai

The bridge on the pictures is the original bridge that was built during the war. However, the bridge did have to endure bombings. Consequently, parts of the bridge has been restored. You can see which parts have been restored as the original bridge has round bows, and in the restored parts, straight beams were used.

Picture: DeathRailway Picture: Bridge over the river Kwai

The tracks are nowadays still being used. So be carefull when walking over the bridge!! Surrounding the bridge over the river Kwai, you can find many souvenir stores and market stands. Also you can get something to eat or drink at the scene. Come early to avoid the crowds.

Picture: River Kwai (Big) Picture: Restored part

Bridge over the river Kwai Movie

In 1957, an English drama movie was made called: “The bridge over the river Kwai”. The movie describes the build of the bridge during the second world war in Kanchanabury, by English prisoners of war. The movie received 7 Oscars, among which, one for best movie. The movie was found to have cultural, historic and estetic significance. Although the movie was not 100% based on facts, it does show the circumstances in which the bridge was built, and the motives. An impressive movie to watch before you visit Kanachnabury’s Bridge over the river Kwai.

Picture: Restaurants Kwai river Picture: Restored part

War museum

On the left side of the Bridge over the river Kwai, only 2 minutes walk, you find the World War II museum. At the entrance, you will immediately see a big locomotive. This locomotive was used during WWII to ride the Death Railway train tracks.

Picture: Locomotive  Picture: Locomotive

The entrance fee to the WWII museum is 40 Baht. The people use the income to maintain the museum and preserve history.

Picture: War museum Picture: War museum

All in all an impressive place to visit.


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