Don Rak Cemetery- A Place To Pay Respects To The Countless Lives Lost During Second World War
A trip to Thailand is incomplete without visiting the beautiful city of Kanchanburi, located seventy miles away from the city of Bangkok. The mountainous province has a number of old forts and museums that introduce the visitors to the rich history and cultural past of Thailand.
There are many places of tourist interest in Kanchanburi that are worth visiting. Some of the popular attractions in Kanchanburi are the Kwai river bridge, Death Railway, Kanchanburi war Cemetery and the Hellfire Pass Museum.Visitors can pay their respect to the countless number of war prisoners and Asian labourers, who lost their lives during the construction of Death Railway. The Death Railway is a railway line connecting Bangkok to Burma or Myanmar. The Japanese forces used the prisoners of war during the Second World War and several Asian civilians to construct this railway line. Most of the labourers lost their lives during the construction of the railway due to the pathetic working conditions, crude methods used to cut the rocks, starvation and heat. A visit to the Hellfire pass and memorial museum provides information to the visitors about the construction of Death Railway.
The Kanchanburi War Cemetery is open for public on all days, between 08:30 a.m. to 16:00 p.m. The cemetery houses remains of the 6982 allied prisoners, who lost their lives during the construction of the Death Railway. The cemetery is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and contains the remains of the soldiers from British, Australia and Netherlands. Visitors to the Kanchanburi War Cemetery, who are looking to find a grave of their loved ones can search the register kept at the entrance of the cemetery.
The Kanchanburi War Cemetery is also known as the Don Rak War Cemetery. It is located right opposite to the main train station at Kanchanburi. The graves in the cemetery are neatly laid out in straight lines amidst well-manicured lawns and gardens. The name, age and regiments of the soldiers are engraved neatly on the headstone of each grave. Entry to the cemetery is free. The cemetery conducts a remembrance service every year on the Anzac day. Tourists can visit the cemetery on April 25 every year to attend the service and pay homage.