The Bridge has its own station, River Kwae Bridge station is about 200 yards before the Bridge at the Bangkok end. During World War 2, the Japanese used Allied prisoners of war to build a railway from Thailand to Burma so they could supply their army without the dangers of sending supplies by sea. In reality, Risaburo Saito was respected by his prisoners for being comparatively merciful and fair towards them. Aerial photograph of the Bridge over the River Kwai, Thailand, severely damaged by aerial bombing. Hellfire Pass: The operational railway ends at Nam Tok, but about 18km further 80km from Kanchanaburi on the disused section is Konyu Cutting, aka Hellfire Pass. Most hotels are located here.
Evans Wampo Wang Po , Thailand. Above, the train from Bangkok arrives at Kanchanaburi. Less rushed than the 2-day version! They were post-humously credited years later, in late 1984, in a special Academy ceremony. The remaining length of 300 kms. Your shame is their dishonor.
The peaceful walk through the warm shady jungle along the disused track-bed, past small cuttings and dips where the wooden viaducts used to be, is a very moving experience. Although the film was shot in Sri Lanka, the Bridge on the River Kwai really exists, and still carries regular local passenger trains from Bangkok as far as Nam Tok. But I am writing a factual account, and in justice to these men—living and dead—who worked on that bridge, I must make it clear that we never did so willingly. As a day trip from Bangkok, using the daily local trains. The two main sections of the viaduct followed the bottom of the cliff for some distance. We just linked the file or embed from Youtube then display them here to make visitor easy to find it. Download mp3 Bridge Over The River Kwai Theme Song free!! That battle became known as the 'Battle Of Sunda Strait' between Java and Sumatra.
Rather, they were attempting to be neutral except regarding France, and their agreement with Japan was intended to allow them to fight the French to their east. Upon his return, Shears realizes that Nicholson's mania to complete his project has driven him mad. It saved me the time and trouble making it over to the second station at Thonburi, which seems to have moved. In brief cutaways to Shears from the side, the chief 'know-it-all' gravedigger watches with a mixture of amusement and disgust. The bridge over river Kwai is kept in good condition, surely better now then when the Burma Death Railway was first looked The Death Railways death toll In 1942, Japanese forces had invaded Burma via Thailand and taken the then colony from the British.
I could have them all shot. Advance reservation is required for this excursion train and you should book tickets in person at the station as far ahead as you can - it cannot be booked online. Wampo Wang Po , Thailand. Finally, Nicholson agrees, not so much to cooperate with his captor as to provide a morale-boosting project for the military engineers under his command. Although it was not exposed to sunlight, the heat-sensitive colour film stock should have been hopelessly ruined; however, when processed the shots were perfect and appeared in the film. That's all there is to it. The Bridge on the River Kwai, seen from the Kanchanaburi end.
Another must-see is Hellfire Pass, or to give it its proper name, Konyu Cutting. For example, take the morning train from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi on day 1, stay a night or two in Kanchanaburi, then take the afternoon train back on day 2 or 3, and visit Hellfire Pass less well known than the Bridge, but not be missed and ride the Death Railway over the dramatic Wampo Viaduct as far as its current terminus at Nam Tok. For anyone interested in 20th century history, a visit to Kanchanaburi and the infamous Death Railway is a must. The Bridge is now surrounded by cafes, restaurants, souvenir stalls etc. We worked at bayonet point and under bamboo lash, taking any risk to sabotage the operation whenever the opportunity arose. The Bridge on the River Kwai … or is it river Mae Klong? Few tourists take the time to walk it, but try and do so, as it's both a moving experience and a pleasant walk through peaceful shady jungle.
Above, the train from Bangkok arrives at Kanchanaburi. I suggest that we drop the subject of escape. As he pointed out, it's against the rules. The line was completed in 1943, and like all the railways in Burma and Thailand, it was built to the metre gauge, much narrower than European standard gauge. You buy tickets from a special booth at the opposite end of the platform from the regular ticket office, next to the Tourist Police booth. Which is a shame when it comes to events that effect the world.
The 2 nd Battalion and the survivors of the U. The lyrics written by Major Dorothy E. The Bridge On the River Kwai, in the afternoon sun from the Kanchanaburi side. As the bridge goes up, Nicholson becomes obsessed with completing it to perfection, eventually losing sight of the fact that it will benefit the Japanese. Taking advantage of the situation, Shears successfully manages to escape from the camp into the almost impenetrable jungle his two companions from the hospital, the Aussie Corporal Weaver and British Lieutenant Jennings are not so lucky , but he is shot and falls into a rushing river.