Hellfire Pass / Elephant Trekking / Bamboo Rafting / Prasat Muang Singh Historical Park

Local Tours, Kanchanaburi
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Hellfire Pass / Elephant Trekking / Bamboo Rafting / Prasat Muang Singh Historical Park

Local Tours, Kanchanaburi
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Hellfire Pass

Known among locals as the Museum of Chong Khao Kad, it is a part of the Death Railway that was built cruelly by prisoners of war during the World War II. Hellfire or Chong Khao Kad is spot where the railway needed to cut through the mountain, which was really impossible but the prisoners of war (POWs) and labors were forced to use hand drills, picks and shovels to carve the rock so that a train could pass. The 500-meter-long pass was incredibly completed in six months in 1943, with many lives were sacrificed. The pass is no longer in use and it becomes the museum to exhibit related tools and photographs about the historical event to remind people the importance of world peace. Hellfire Pass is so called because the sight of emaciated prisoners labouring at night by torchlight was said to resemble a scene from Hell.

Prasat Muang Singh Historical Park

Explore the trace of once-flourish Khmer Kingdom at one of best known Khmer-style religious structures in Thailand. Historians estimated that Prasat Muang Singh (Castle of the City of Lion), and its surrounding architectures on the bank of Kwai Noi River, was built between 857 and 1157 as a religious temple of Khmer Kingdom. Prasat Muang Singh was later abandoned until the reign of King Rama I when the area of Muang Singh had become one of border cities of Kanchanaburi. The restoration of structures has not completed until 1987, though.

The main remaining structure is Prasat Muang Singh itself, a Khmer-style architecture with influences from Lop Buri arts. It is framed by 800 x 1,500 meters city walls. During the excavations, historians found precious artifacts, antiques, pottery and religious ornaments with more than 2,000 years of history.

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