Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Kanchanaburi

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Visit Kanchanaburi War Cemetery to pay your respects to the Allied prisoners of war who perished while building the Burma Railway. The grounds serve as the final resting place for 6,982 POWs that the Japanese captured--primarily Dutch, British, and Australian. Established in its current form in 1956, the site is now managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is maintained to honor the dead and remind visitors of the harrowing experiences of so many individuals during that appalling period of history. Visit the nearby museum to learn more about the railway and those who built it. See Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and all Kanchanaburi has to offer by arranging your trip with our Kanchanaburi trip site.
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  • As a Dutchman, I walked past the graves of young Dutchmen that could have been my grandfather. It makes me realize that freedom comes at a price that they were forced to pay. 
    As a Dutchman, I walked past the graves of young Dutchmen that could have been my grandfather. It makes me realize that freedom comes at a price that they were forced to pay.  more »
  • It was wonderful to see how well maintained the graves were. There is a lot of care shown. Reading the inscriptions and seeing the age of the fallen was a sobering and poignant experience. 
    It was wonderful to see how well maintained the graves were. There is a lot of care shown. Reading the inscriptions and seeing the age of the fallen was a sobering and poignant experience.  more »
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  • Very modest and well done. It is both very well kept and subdued. I went and found Chaplain Alexander Dean's grave although the sign at the front did not indicate anything that stood out about him. Well worth walking through for a half hour and letting the names and significance of the cemetery wash over you.
  • The last resting place of 6982 Australian, British and Dutch Prisoners of War who perished while constructing the Burma Railway, also known as Death Railway, under extreme duress during WWII. Imperial Army of Japan treated the POWs inhumanly leading to 16000 deaths. POWs were given only 600 calories of food everyday and had to work 12 hours daily living in sub-human conditions. Commonwealth War Graves Commission owns and maintains the cemetery 1939 - 1945 The citation at the entrance reads - " IN HONOURED REMEMBRANCE OF THE FORTITUDE AND SACRIFICE OF THAT VALIANT COMPANY WHO PERISHED WHILE BUILDING THE RAILWAY FROM THAILAND TO BURMA DURING THEIR LONG CAPTIVITY..... "

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