Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

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The centrally located Kanchanaburi War Cemetery contains the remains of 6,982 Allied POWs who died during the construction and maintenance of the Thai-Burma Railway from 1942 to ‘45.

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After the war, the remains of thousands of Allied POWs were buried at more than 100 makeshift cemeteries scattered along the railway. Most were exhumed and transferred to official war cemeteries in three places: Kanchanaburi, Chung Kai and Thanbyuzayat in Burma. Kanchanaburi is the largest of the three and can be visited on the same day as Chung Kai.

They go on and on. : David Luekens.
They go on and on. Photo: David Luekens

Each grave marker is labeled with the name, country, religion and dates of birth and death of the soldier entombed below, information made possible by the record keeping of POWs who survived the ordeal. Most soldiers buried here died in their twenties and came from Commonwealth countries, while around 1,800 were Dutch (remains of Americans were repatriated). A marble memorial features the names of hundreds of soldiers who were cremated, proclaiming: “Their glory shall not be blotted out.”

With well-manicured gardens and lawns, the cemetery has a reverential atmosphere magnified by family members of the deceased and occasional uniformed veterans who stroll among the graves. A moving ceremony is held every year on Anzac Day as well.

The nearby Chinese cemetery. : David Luekens.
The nearby Chinese cemetery. Photo: David Luekens

A large Chinese cemetery stretches directly south of Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and contains rows of tombs built above ground, often decorated with ceramic mosaics. Both are usually visited in conjunction with the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, located across the street to the north.

Contact details for Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Address: Sangchuto Rd, Kanchanaburi
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º31'31.47" E, 14º1'53.48" N
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Admission: Free

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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.

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