The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery also known as Don-Rak is a World War II POW cemetery located on the main road (Saeng Chuto Road), opposite the railway station, in the town of Kanchanaburi, and around a 30 minute walk from the Bridge over the River Kwai, part of the infamous Death Railway.

The graves of Kanchanaburi War Cemetery are set up in straight lines. The cemetery contains the remains of 6,982 Allied prisoners of war who perished during the construction of Burma Railway. The prisoners buried there are mostly Australian, British and Dutch. Two graves contain the ashes of 300 men who were cremated.

The cemetery has a commemorative plaque that features the following text in Thai, Dutch and English languages:

“As a tribute to the more than 3000 Royal Dutch Army and Navy Personnel, who perished as prisoners of war, while being forced to construct the Burma Railway and related structures during the period 1942 – 1945.”

The Prisoners Of War who died during the construction of the Burma Railway were buried along the railway line, and at the end of WWII moved to the two war cemeteries in Kanchanaburi town: Chongkai War Cemetery and Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (Don Rak).

Adjacent to Don-Rak there is an older Chinese cemetery.

May they rest in peace.


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