The theme letter for our travel pics this week is T, for Thailand.
For Friday, it’s the Bridge over the River Kwai. But not the only one.
In the famous film of the same name, a structure is destroyed at a place called Tha Ma Kham, five kilometres from the Thai town of Kanchanaburi.
In fact, there were three bridges built – and both were damaged during the war as was a third, wooden, structure upstream.
The bridge seen (and destroyed) in the film was actually a movie set, in Sri Lanka where the film was shot – and just to complicate matters, the River Kwai wasn’t the River Kwai in World War Two – it was considered to be part of the Mae Klong. It was renamed in the 1960s, to bring it into line with the book (and movie) – a case of life not only imitating art, but being subsumed by it 🙂
But in any case, this is a genuine Bridge over the River Kwai. You will notice that it has two types of trusses – the rounded ones, which are original, and the square ones – built post-war using Japanese war reparations funds.