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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. O...

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 Kwai Yai  River, built by the pris...

Chong Kai War Cemetery

Situated only 2 kilometers south of town on the bank of the Kwai Noi 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...

Wat Tham Khao Pun

Once a major POW camp, the cave is now a revered Buddhist temple where locals visit to pray toward Buddha images are enshrined the cave’s middle chamber surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites. Opening hours: 8....

Wat Thewarat Kunchorn Worawiharn

Wat Thewarat Kunchorn Worawiharn is categorized as the third degree of Thailand’s royal monastery. It is situated at 90, Sti Ayuttaya Road, Vajiraphayabarn Sub-District, Dusit District, Bangkok. Wat Thewarat Kunch...