The Bridge over the River Kwai – The title of a novel by Pierre Boulle published in 1952.
The novel was made into film by David Lean in 1957 as ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’. Either ‘The Bridge over the River Kwai’ or ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’, these lines spurred huge excitement when I learned about the opportunity to see this place with my own eyes!
The bridge became a top tourist attraction after the movie released. A place that no tourist would miss out from their itinerary if they were traveled to Kanchanaburi, the third largest province in Thailand, located about 130 km to the west of Bangkok capital.
The Bridge over River Kwai Yai was planned by Japanese during World War II as part of the Death Railway link from Bangkok to Rangoon (now known as Yangoon) in order to occupy Burma (Myanmar) and India.
There was a wooden bridge built adjacent to the steel bridge. It was completed in Feb 1943 and served as transportation to supply material for the Death Railway link and food to prisoner camps.
However, it was not sufficient for its future load and a steel bridge was constructed and completed in April 1943. Both bridges were built by Japanese, leveraging the blood and sweats of several thousands prisoner of war and recruited Asian laborer.
Captured by Nikon D90 and Tamron 70-300mm Lens