Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

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Timings : 8 AM to 5 PM

Time Required : 30 mins to 1 hour

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

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Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Kanchanaburi Overview

Designed by Colin St Clair Oakes and immaculately maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), the Kanchanaburi War Cemetary is the larger of Kanchanaburi's two war cemeteries and is adjacent to the Saeng Chuto Road, the main road through the town of Kanchanaburi. Out of 6982 prisoners of war (POWs) buried here, nearly half were British; the rest came mainly from Australia and the Netherlands. The remains of American POWs were repatriated. This place also records the names of 11 men of the army of undivided India buried in Muslim cemeteries.

This allied war cemetery consists of graves of not just prisoners of war but also local workers and other soldiers who died during the construction of the Death Railway. The Japanese and Korean guards' brutality was one of the main reasons for so many deaths. The plaques on the graves are of great significance. 

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How to Reach Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Situated 129 kilometres North-West of Bangkok, the town of Kanchanaburi is best accessible by road, along the National Highway which runs north from the capital. There are bus and train services from Bangkok. Built towards the far (northern) end of the town, the cemetery is on the left side when approaching from Bangkok, by road.

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