War Cemetary and Railway Museum

Trip Start Jun 12, 2009
Trip End Jul 15, 2009

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

12 July

At 08:30 we walked to the Kanchanaburi War Cemetary, which is one of three cemeteries containing the remains of the 16,000 Allied prisoners who perished building the Death Railway.

After the cemetery visit, we went to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum, which depicted the horrors, pain, suffering and deaths of the 16,000 Allied POWs and 100,000 slave Asian laborers who gave their all working on the railway.

Now for a little bit of background on the Thai-Burma railway from the booklet that we picked up there:

In June, 1942, 61,000 British, Australian, American, New Zealand, Danish and Dutch POWs as well as an estimated 200,000 laborers from India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma and Thailand were put to work by the Japanese Imperial Army to construct a railway line 415 kilometers long to link Kanchanaburi to the Japanese base camp in Thanbyuzayat in Burma, thus ensuring a direct line from Singapore through Malaya and Thailand to link up with the railway network in Burma. Apart from supplying their bases in Burma, the Japanese had also planned to use the railway to launch an attack on India.

At 12:00 we boarded a van for our return trip to Randy's home in Bangkok.
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