Monks at Death Railway

Buddhist monks walk among tourists on Thailand’s Death Railway at the River Kwai Bridge in Kanchanaburi province, about 110 kilometres west of Bangkok. The River Kwai Bridge, now a major tourist attraction, was built by allied prisoners of war during World War II. The construction started in Oct 1942 and it was completed by late Oct 1943 at the cost of lives of 16,000 prisoners of war and 100,000 imprisoned Asian slave laborers of Chinese, South Indian, Malay, Burmese, Japanese and Dutch Indonesian origin. The Allies bombed the Death Railway in 1945.
Picture by EPA

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