Kanchanaburi War Memorials – Part ll
The local Thai population around Kwai River may know what happened here in WW ll, it was a long time ago, but most of Thailand’s population does not know the history here.
The Kwai River area is a big tourism area; people come here to see not only the famous bridge over the Kwai River in Kanchanaburi, but also the Memorial Cemetery, the Jeath Prisoner of War Museum and to ride the train to Hell Fire Pass or Nam Tok, the end of the line. This is a place in history and to acknowledge and honor the Allied prisoners who dead here in WW ll.
Kwai River: Learn About the History
The Memorial Cemetery – Kanchanaburi
There is no way anyone could you fully understand the brutality the prisoners endured from the Japanese Army, unless you experienced it yourself. I don’t approach photography like a tourist, I get my work done first then go back and try to appreciate the place I’m visiting.
There are powerful emotions here, I could feel it, there was so much pain and suffering when these men died, your emotions can get the best of you here. I found it difficult to walk out of the cemetery, there was a draw here, a feeling of desperation before death. First time I have ever felt that!
A feeling of sadness came over me before I finished my photography. The long walk to leave the cemetery grounds was emotional, I had to stop several times. I didn’t want to just leave here and not honor all these men that gave their lives and could never go home to their families again. The more I tried to leave, the more feelings of sadness I had. It’s worth a visit here because of the history and beauty.
Brutal Conditions Building the Bridge on the River Kwai
These prisoners of war had to survive the high heat, poor nutrition, broken legs and arms, beatings, mosquitos, malaria, long hours in the sun all with little to no medicine. You feel it here! That is why I took so many photos and included them in this story. I wanted to show you this area, the beauty of their achievement. This is all there is left to show. You can see there was pride here in what the Prisoners of War built.
Jeath Prisoner of War Museum – Kanchanaburi