The Death Railway
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leaving the Thai-Burma jungle, we headed back toward central
During World War II, the Japanese used slave labor - mostly prisoners of war - to construct a rail line to support the large Japanese Army in
One prisoner died for every 100 feet of track constructed - and they were simply buried along the railway.
Today, we re-traced their steps, and visited the memorials that commemorate their suffering - including the famous "Bridge Over The River Kwai."
NOTE: When the bridge was built, the river was not called "Kwai" at all - it was called "
NOTE 2: The "River Kwai" is actually pronounced "River Kwae" (the "a" sounds like "mad" or "bad." If you say "Kwai" (like "why") then Thai's will laugh - since that means "River Buffalo!"
has gone back to