March 17, 2010

The Famous River Kwai

 Remember the film The Bridge on the River Kwai, and the novel The Bridge over the River Kwai? This is the actual bridge.

For my young readers who haven't heard of the bridge, I cut and pasted this information for you from Wikipedia:
According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:"The notorious Burma-Siam railway, built by Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma. During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died in the course of the project, chiefly forced labour brought from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, or conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar). Two labour forces, one based in Siam and the other in Burma worked from opposite ends of the line towards the centre."[1]

This was taken on March 29 of last year on our 16th wedding anniversary. Dear husband and I went on a 3-day tour to Kanchanaburi, Thailand. I thought, with its sad history, it's not a romantic place to be but it turned out to be a very good time and place for both of us. Since the place is new to us, it was a kind of adventure and there I found that learning history together is also romantic.
I took this picture while riding a train passing through the Death Railway.

The green roofed structures you see by the river bank are floating hotel rooms. I love the lush green surroundings and the provincial feel. A good getaway if you're from a big city.

I will be sharing more pictures of our adventure here in the coming days in celebration to our 17th wedding anniversary this month.

The lovers of romance can go elsewhere for satisfaction but where can the lovers of truth turn if not to history? 
~Katharine Anthony

More Watery Wednesday entries here.


noel said...


what a very exotic location, i wish i took the opportunity to visit when i was in thailand...thanks for sharing

Vernz said...

Very interesting... I read that somewhere, It reminded me ... cool captures!

January said...

Nice to meet you Ruth! and very nice place indeed...

care to xlink??

I'll add you na dayun.. hehehe..

J Bar said...

Thanks for showing us the famous bridge.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Vicky said...

Thank you so much for this interesting post, and for the whole information you shared with us!!!

Riet said...

Thank you for showing the bridge. I a of that age that I very well remember.
Have a nice day

Greyscale Territory said...

This is all so fascinating! I know the movie so well and love it! Thank you so much for this post!

Grace and Bradley said...

Beautiful images and happy anniversary.. Hope the recent demonstration has not causing you any trouble.

Donna said...

Hi, Ruth,

Very interesting photos...You captured them perfectly!

Hope you have a great day.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful shots !! Simply amazing !!

LLJ said...

What a wonderful adventure you had together. I loved the pictures!

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

Oh I can not WAIT to show this to Jacob and Laura in the morning Ruth...that is one of their most favorite films! This post is SO interesting! Thank for sharing your knowledge and photos!