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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  • Awe inspiring and a dreadful reminder of the atrocities that took place in this region. Beautifully laid out. 
    Awe inspiring and a dreadful reminder of the atrocities that took place in this region. Beautifully laid out.  more »
  • Visited this place at noon with a quiet atmosphere and already felt the spooky atmosphere. I Will think twice if visiting at night 
    Visited this place at noon with a quiet atmosphere and already felt the spooky atmosphere. I Will think twice if visiting at night  more »
  • If your doing a day trip from Bangkok, this will most likely be your first stop. Well kept with information boards. Historical. You don't need long. 
    If your doing a day trip from Bangkok, this will most likely be your first stop. Well kept with information boards. Historical. You don't need long.  more »
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  • Interesting Cemetery. There are beautiful trees, and the place is well maintained. If anyone is interested in this kind of place, you should definitely go to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Videos will come soon
  • This cemetery is beautifully maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The Thai people have nothing to do with its maintenance apart from being employed by CWGC. The museum opposite is also funded by a man from the UK.
  • The last resting place of 6982 Australian, British and Dutch Prisoners of War who perished while constructing the Burma Railway, also known as Death Railway, under extreme duress during WWII. Imperial Army of Japan treated the POWs inhumanly leading to 16000 deaths. POWs were given only 600 calories of food everyday and had to work 12 hours daily living in sub-human conditions. Commonwealth War Graves Commission owns and maintains the cemetery 1939 - 1945 The citation at the entrance reads - " IN HONOURED REMEMBRANCE OF THE FORTITUDE AND SACRIFICE OF THAT VALIANT COMPANY WHO PERISHED WHILE BUILDING THE RAILWAY FROM THAILAND TO BURMA DURING THEIR LONG CAPTIVITY..... "
  • Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is the home of a large Commonwealth War Grave. 5,085 grave sites of Australians, British and Indians are at this site - all were killed during World War 2 - most during their time as a prison of war while constructing the Burma-Thai railway. There are also 1,896 Dutch war graves and 1 non-war grave. The graves of those who died during the construction and maintenance of the railway (except for the Americans) were transferred from camp burial grounds along the railway line into three cemeteries at Chungkai and Kanchanaburi in Thailand and Thanbyuzayat in Myanmar. Kanchanaburi is located a couple of hours northwest of Bangkok - and is accessible by train or car. The Hell Fire Pass Memorial Museum is located 66kms northwest of here and is worth visiting if you're in this region - it is located at Tha Sao, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi.

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