The Brige over the River Kwai

We had a particularly somber afternoon by visiting the Bridge over the River Kwai, made famous in a 1954 film. It’s a railroad bridge that the Japanese constructed during World War II using forced labour of Thais and POWs.

The bridge itself isn’t that spectacular, but the story is.

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We also visited a nearby Commonwealth War Graves Cemetary.

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Near the cemetary is a new museum that has opened up. It wasn’t listed in any of our guide books, but was a surprise highlight of the trip. It documents the history of the Burma Railway in exceptional detail and was very well presented. I was skeptical at first because from the outside, it looks like nothing more than a tourist trap. For reference, it’s on the street immediately to the right of the cemetary when looking at the main entrance.

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