The Bridge on the River Kwai – Death Railway
The Bridge on the River Kwai is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Kanchanaburi. I think that is true, but I’m not sure whether calling it a popular is appropreate or not considering its historic background.
During World War II, The Japanese army built the railway between Thailand and Burma(present day, Myanmar) using prisoners of the allied forces, local people and workers from other countries in Asia.
That railway called the Thai-Burma Railway, which is 415 Kilometers long. The Japanese army needed this railway for the transport route of supplies as soon as possible. But during its construction, a significant number of people were lost.
Therefore, it is known as “Death Railway”.
That’s all I can say for now because it is a really sensitive and controversial historical story. But I think Japanese tourists visiting Thailand should know about its historic background more before they visit.
At least we should know this site is not only the basis for the movie, “The Bridge on the River Kwai”.