1,750 dead buried here
Published/Last edited or updated: 11th February, 2017
Most of the 1,750 soldiers buried here died after other prisoners with medical skills were unable to save them. While significantly smaller than the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, the appearance is very similar and this is perhaps a better place to reflect because it was an actual POW camp during the war, complete with a church and rudimentary hospital.
Some of the gravestones are marked only with the name and (often very young) age of the fallen, while others contain personal messages from family members. One of them reads: "Resting far away but deep in our hearts at home. His loving wife, Mum and Dad."
Chung Kai War Cemetery is often hit on a bicycle or longtail boat ride that could also include the nearby cave shrines at Wat Tham Khao Poon.
To get here from downtown, take the bridge that cuts west from Wat Thewasangkharam and continue south on Highway 3228; you’ll reach the cemetery on the left, about a km after crossing a second smaller bridge.
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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