Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

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Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Kanchanaburi cemetery.jpg
War graves cemetery
Details
Year established In it's current form, Feb 1956
Location Kanchanaburi
Country Thailand
Type Allied Military Cemetery
Owned by Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Number of graves 6,982
Sign giving both names and number of interments

The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (known locally as the Don-Rak War Cemetery) is the main Prisoner of War (POW) cemetery associated with victims of the Burma Railway. It is located on the main road (Saeng Chuto Road) through the town of Kanchanaburi, Thailand, adjacent to an older Chinese cemetery. It was designed by Colin St Clair Oakes and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. There are 6,982 former POWs buried there, mostly Australian, British and Dutch. It contains the remains of prisoners buried beside the south section of the railway from Bangkok to Nieke apart from those identified as Americans, whose remains were repatriated.

There are 1,896 Dutch war graves, the rest being from Britain and the Commonwealth. Two graves contain the ashes of 300 men who were cremated. The Kanchanaburi Memorial gives the names of 11 from India who are buried in Muslim cemeteries.

Close by (across a side road) is the Thailand–Burma Railway Museum about the railway and the prisoners who built it.

How to get there[edit]

The central Bangkok railway station (Hualamphong) offers weekend day trips by rail to The Burma Death Railway in Kanchanaburi. It does however stop at the main railway station in Kanchanaburi for approximately 45 minutess to let passengers visit the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. To get there, exit the station and walk to the main road straight ahead. Turn left. Walk 5 minutes. Across the road to the right is the cemetery.

Visitors can also take a bus from Mor Chit (North East Bus Terminal). It should cost less than 200 Baht and might pass Ratchaburi. It takes about 3 hours.

[1] Getting to and from Kanchanburi

References[edit]

Media related to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery at Wikimedia Commons Coordinates: 14°1′54″N 99°31′32″E / 14.03167°N 99.52556°E / 14.03167; 99.52556