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Bridges

My idea was to shot bridges from all over the world. In this theme you will find bridges from Malaysia ( Rawa, Perak, Malacca,), Thailand ( River Kwai, Bangkok,), and Burma ( U Bein bridge, Ayeyarwady,).Herewith the history of two bridges that belong to the past:also called Kwai River , Thai Mae Nam Khwae Noi tributary of the Mae Klong River, flowing wholly in western Thailand. It rises near Three Pagodas Pass (Phra Chedi Sam Ong) on the mountainous Myanmar-Thailand border and runs southeast, parallel to the border, to its confluence near Kanchanaburi town with the Mae Klong, which itself empties into the Gulf of Thailand at Samut Songkhram. Internationally the river is remembered for a bridge that was built across it by Allied forced labour during World War II. The Japanese, seeking a railway link from Bangkok to Moulmein, Burma (Myanmar), laid track along the Khwae Noi valley to Three Pagodas Pass; thousands of British and other Allied prisoners of war died building the railway and the bridge. They are commemorated in a cemetery in Kanchanaburi town. Most of the railway, though, was dismantled after the war.
The U Bein foot bridge spans the shallow Taungthaman Lake in Amarapura, just south of Mandalay (Burma). At 1.2 killometers, it is the longest teak span in the world. It was built in 1847, and most of the original teak posts remain.

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