Death Railway and Hellfire Pass [V1]

March 27, 2010 

Death Railway Pass

The Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway or the Thailand-Burma Railway was a 415 km (258 mile) railway built by prisoner labour  between Bangkok-Thailand and Rangoon- Burma (now  called  Myanmar). It was built by the Empire of Japan during World War II in order  to support its forces in the Burma campaign.

Hellfire Pass
Hellfire Pass or “Chong Khao Khart” as it is called in Thai, is located only 250 metres from the entrance to the Museum and is easily accessible via  the “Stairway Path”. It not only gives the visitor the opportunity to walk into the cutting the same way that the POWs (Prisoners Of War)  went to work, but visitors also walk through a grove of large bamboo and can look down from the lookouts above the entrance to the cutting. This view provides the most memorable views of Hellfire Pass and an understanding how it derived its name and the sacrifice made by the men who made it by hand.

It is estimated that up to 100.000 Asian  labourers and 16.000 Allied POWs (Prisoners of War) died from beatings, starvation, disease and exhaustion  during the construction of the railway.

More details about our tour including Death Railway and Hellfire Pass : Nature, History and Railway Tour


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