Photo: Classic wooden houses.

Pak Prak Heritage Street

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Displaying and often blending elements of Chinese, European and Thai styles, more than 20 heritage buildings feature information boards detailing some of the history along Pak Prak Road in the heart of Kanchanaburi.

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Much of the early 20th-century architecture is similar to what you’ll see in several Thai cities. The difference here is that local historical experts have posted signs in English and Thai explaining the artistic styles, who was behind the construction and what the buildings were originally used for. Most notably, you’ll learn how some buildings and their owners played a role in the Second World War.

Not always ageing gracefully. Photo taken in or around Pak Prak Heritage Street, Kanchanaburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Not always ageing gracefully. Photo: David Luekens

Wealthy families that profited from the construction of the Death Railway owned a few, while others housed Japanese officers or munitions. One owner, Boonpong Sirivejabhand, risked his wellbeing by carrying secret messages from POWs to their governments. These accounts display how some of Kanchanaburi’s locals interacted with both the Japanese military and the POWs during the war, filling in a historical gap that’s largely ignored by ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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