The railway bridge is part of the infamous Death Railway (Burma Death Railway), this was a supply route between Thailand and Burma, which was constructed during World War II. Japan occupied Thailand during these years. The construction of the Death Railway was a difficult task because of the dense jungles, mountains and tropical climate. Japan deployed prisoner of war and forced labourers to build the railway line (Sept. 1942 -.. Dec 1943), including many Dutch people from the former Dutch East Indies. Many workers died from exhaustion, malnutrition or illness. The bridge is best known from the book by the French writer Pierre Boulle and the English film ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’.
You can not only cross the bridge during your visit but you can also take a train ride on the infamous railway.