Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Kanchanaburi

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Visit Kanchanaburi War Cemetery to pay your respects to the Allied prisoners of war who perished while building the Burma Railway. The grounds serve as the final resting place for 6,982 POWs that the Japanese captured--primarily Dutch, British, and Australian. Established in its current form in 1956, the site is now managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is maintained to honor the dead and remind visitors of the harrowing experiences of so many individuals during that appalling period of history. Visit the nearby museum to learn more about the railway and those who built it. Use our Kanchanaburi trip builder to add Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and other attractions to your Kanchanaburi vacation plans.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A 15 minutes walk around the graves is OK. Green and tidy. In the middle of the town. It was a raining heavily when I was there, quickly went out the back to the fruitsellers and bought fruit and stay...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    A lot of Dutch people who are befraven here. 2 more people found with my last name. You become silent.
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  • August 16, 2017
    graves aligned to these victims of the barbarity of war, make you think a lot about all these atrocities. Very well maintained, an emotional moment!
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  • August 17, 2017
    Place of high sentimental value. Everyone visiting Kanchanaburi and interested at least a bit in the tragic history of Death Railway built in WWII should pay a visit and dedicate some time reading the heartbreaking messages on the graves.
  • March 28, 2017
    This is one of the place which is dedicated to all the war soldiers that gave their lives during war, everyone one should pay 1 small visit to learn about the past. This place is very quite and peaceful, so it will give you a satisfaction. I would also like to thank the people who are actually maintaining this place. I came to Know that Indians participated in this war.
  • January 26, 2017
    Nice Quick Trip with Lots of History As an Ancestral History buff, I loved having a quick stop to this cemetery on our tour agenda. Once you walk into the gate of the cemetery, there are multiple signs that cover the history of why the cemetery exists, along with short histories of each country military branch that is included in the cemetery. I was pleased to find that the cemetery was very well kept, and had an assortment of flowers planted throughout the grounds, making it seem less formal than you'd expect. I would recommend this as an additional stop if you are already near the location.
  • May 10, 2017
    Rarely have I seen a cemetary so well-maintained as this one. A very proper and respectful tribute to those who are buried here.
  • July 25, 2017
    Special atmosphere, If you like the history. It is beautiful

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Kanchanaburi town center offers plenty of comfortable hotels, with pricier ones located right on the banks of the River Kwai. Move away from the river to take advantage of a drastic drop in prices for rooms offering much the same level of comfort and facilities provided by the city's riverside alternatives. Explore the rural areas for budget hotels, quirky rental apartments, and guesthouses making use of their scenic surroundings.
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