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World War II Sites

The Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia and the events that unfurled in Thailand during World War II can be appreciated at a number of historical sites, the most notable of which can be found in Kanchanaburi Province. Along the route of the ‘death railway’ passing through Kanchanaburi into Burma, nearly 100,000 forced laborers lost their lives. Visitors can visit the railway, museums, and cemeteries for victims of the war in various locations across the province, including those listed below.

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Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (Don Rak)

Visit Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (Don Rak), located on Saeng Chu To Road (Highway 323), to pay respect to the remains of 6,982 Allied prisoners of the World War II who died during the construction of the Death Railway.&nb...

Bridge over the River Kwai

Perhaps the best known attraction of Kanchanaburi, featured in world’s famous book and film, The Bridge on the River Kwai is part of the infamous Death Railway, spanning over KwaiYai River, built by the prisoners o...

Chong Kai War Cemetery

Situated only 2 kilometers south of town on the bank of the KwaiNoi River, this is where to pay respect to the 1,740 prisoners of the World War II who didn't have a chance to return home and rest in peace here. The site ...

World War II Memorial of the Japanese Army (Khao Daeng)

Located in Khao Sam Lan National Park, south of Wat Phra Phutthachai, this historic attraction displays the remnants of the Japanese occupation of the area. During World War II, Japanese soldiers used Khao Daengarea as a...

Khao Rang

The road ascending Khao Rang mountain has a dark history stretching back to World War II, when it was originally built. The construction of the road was wracked with difficulties, and many soldiers died of mosquito-borne...