HELLFIRE PASS MEMORIAL MUSEUM AND DEATH RAILWAY BRIDGE
Who would have thought that this beautiful passageway which is part of an old Thai-Burma train comes with a devastating story of how it was built? Chong Khao Khat or Hellfire Pass was back then a mountain, which was cut and carved by the prisoners from the war (as forced labour) so that the Death Railway train could go through the mountain. The 500-metre-long pass got its name from labourers who used to work late at night with their torchlights that looked like a scene from hell. Today, trains no longer pass by this place but the spot is filled with photos and tools (like hand drills and shovels) as an ode to world peace.
Go further and you’ll witness the Death Railway Bridge, which is 300 metres on its own! The centre of this bridge was bombed in 1945 but its outer spans stand still till today. From this bridge, you’d get a wonderful view of the River Kwai. There’s also a park near the station where there are three old trains that used to operate during WWII. You can also enjoy the funfairlike scene where hawkers offer various types of food and souvenirs at the sides but be sure to come early as things run out fast since it’s a popular tourist spot.