Kanchanaburi and The Kwai Bridge - Thailand.

Visiting The Bridge Over The River Kwai in Thailand.

Generally about The Bridge Over The River Kwai.

As part of the construction of the Thailand-Burma Railway during WWII a bridge had to be built over the River Mae Khlong (this section later became known as The River Kwai because of David Lean's film which was made in 1957). Prisoners of War and Asian labourers were forced to work in appalling conditions - the first temporary bridge was made from wood and was in use from February 1943 whilst a steel and concrete girder bridge was being constructed alongside it. The sections of that bridge were brought in from Java and then re-assembled by hand and the bridge was opened a few months later. Both bridges were subsequently damaged by Allied bombers during 1944 and 1945. The present day bridge was rebuilt as part of the Japanese Repatriation with the centre girders being provided by the Japan Bridge Company of Osaka.
Bridge over The River Kwai, Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Kwai Bridge track, Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Kwai Bridge underneath, Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Quite obviously most people venture onto the Bridge and start off on a stroll across it. For most of the way across there is room to walk on either side of the track which occupies the centre and due to the infrequent trains around you can also walk between the railway lines too. Even for people who dislike heights this is or should not be too bad since the rising girders and also guard-rails disguise the height above the river. However the far end is a different matter - the girders and walkway end as do the guard-rails and there is just the track - with still quite a considerable drop just a couple of feet away either side.
On this far side there are several places where you can walk down from the bridge via steps - in particular worth doing this if you want to take a look round the beautiful and colourful Kuang Im Chinese Temple which is situated within really beautifully and well maintained gardens on that side of the river.
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