Flying Visit to Khwae Yai River and the Death Railway

A weekend visit to Khwae Yai River revealed the historical bridge dominated by a horde of wide-eyed foreign tourists and camera-snapping locals. The Thailand-Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway was a 415-kilometer railway between Bangkok and Rangoon (now known as Yangon, formerly a capital of Burma). Built by Japan in 1943 during World War 2, the line was closed in 1947.

Forced laborers, prisoners of war, tens of thousands, had worked to build the railway, often at the cost of their lives. The railway, the bridge, fused by the wretchedness of the dead, held on after all these years by memories.

Khwae Yai River

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