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. See Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and all Kanchanaburi has to offer by arranging your trip with our Kanchanaburi trip site .
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  • Visited today first thing before the tours arrived, really quiet and serene just us and the gardener. The place is wonderfully kept with shrubs and plants between each grave. Chance to remember those ...  more »
  • When we were there there was just a group of Scots practicing for a memorial service that evening. The sound of the bagpipes on this beautifully landscaped and maintained cemetery gave us goose bumps
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  • Very neat and well maintained cemetery. This should be on the list for places to visit for all Australians. Very moving.  more »
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  • On the 18th March 2015 I finally arrived at Kanchanaburi again to complete the parts I had missed on my last journey. This time however I went by taxi, a friend I had known for some time took me. The fare for the whole day was only 2500 Baht, but I did buy him a meal and drinks while on the journey. Plus the usual tip for the day. Giving this tip gets you a better day rate, but you need to talk to the driver or know him for this to work. The drive which took in Samut Sakhon, then Ratchaburi and onto Kanchanaburi, commenced at 06.30 am and took around 2 hours. Arriving at Kanchanaburi about 08.30 am. First port of call was the cemetery I had missed the last trip. Don Rak or Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, located on Sang Chuto road. There are 6,982 former POWs buried in this cemetery mostly Australian, British and Dutch. There are 1,896 Dutch war graves, the rest being from Britain and the Commonwealth. Those who died, were originally buried in makeshift graves at various locations along the Death Railway line. After the war ended, Don Rak cemetery was established ( in its current form ) in February 1956 as a memorial to the fallen with the names, ages and regiments of the soldiers engraved on the headstones, where the identity of a soldier is unknown a simple inscription reads - A soldier of the 1939 - 1945 war, known unto God. Like Chung Kai cemetery the memorials of the men were arranged so regimental in rows, and surrounded by well tended flower beds and the grass walking areas all kept cut and trimmed. Many Thai workers that day were cutting the grass, weeding the gardens and generally keeping the cemetery looking as though someone cares about the place. The Thai people take great pride in looking after both these two Cemeteries. I felt so sad to see all the epitaphs in the entrance building it was a very moving experience to stop & think of those men who had died on this railway. I know it was war, but how they died was not fair, was not good, was not humane.
  • Yeah, the tragic history of this place is horrible but the place itself is rather not very interesting. Just a piece of the lawn with little graves on it. Visiting this place won't take you more than literally five minutes...
  • Always find time to pay my respects to the people whom sacrificed their precious lives for our freedom.
  • Special atmosphere here. makes me feel very sad
  • Small well kept cemetery serving as a memorial to the thousands who died in the Death Railway.
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