The Bridge on the River Kwai is now the best known site on the Thai-Burma railway but its fame is due more to a fictional film than its significance in World War II.
Spanning the River Kwae Yai in Kanchanaburi the bridge was built in 1942-43 by British prisoners of war. This was the only steel bridge built by the Japanese in Thailand. One hundred meters downstream there was a second bridge during World War II. This was a wooden bridge which could carry light diesel rail trucks transporting construction materials while the main bridge was being built. Both bridges were regularly bombed by Allied aircrafts from December 1944 to June 1945. Several span of the steel bridge were destroyed. The worst attack on 29 November 1944 killed nineteen prisoners and wounded sixty-eight. A further fifteen prisoners were injured on 5 February 1945. The Japanese then evacuated the prisoners to Chungkai further downstream. The fame of the bridge is due to the 1957 film by David Lean, The Bridge on the River Kwai. The bridge in the film also looks nothing like the steel bridge at Kanchanaburi. However, the film was such an international success-it won seven Oscars-that tourists came flocking to Thailand searching for "The Bridge on the River Kwai".
The bridge on the River Kwai is now a major tourist attraction and the hub of intense commercial activity.
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npecanhuk (78587) 2017-03-18 4:59
Wow! Super interesting details!
Very attractive picture as well!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov, contrasts and symmetric composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy the week-end,
Royaldevon (43449) 2017-03-18 5:18
Thank you for this interesting information which has rocked my impression of this famous bridge; like many others, I was captivated by the film!
You have given us an excellent view of the bridge, its metal construction and repeating shapes, whilst the converging lines create a great sense of depth and perspective. It really looks enormous, as scaled by the b/g figures!
My warm regards,
Sergiom (88383) 2017-03-18 5:49
J'ai eu moi aussi le grand plaisir de traverser ce pont mythique à pieds. Notre hôtel était juste de l'autre côté. Magnifique symétrie qui donne toute une profondeur à l'ensemble.
Silvio1953 (153075) 2017-03-18 5:51
Ciao Zbigniew, great perspective on fantastic bridge, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
serp2000 (45858) 2017-03-18 6:10
Excellent photo of this famous bridge! I do remember that moview about so dramatic the bridge construction. I like this so good perspective, good graphic and very interesting note.
dta (82442) 2017-03-18 6:27
Excellent capture of the famous bridge . I lik especially the framing with the branche at the top , the mist in the BG , and the man as an interesting focal point .
Energysavingelk (2828) 2017-03-18 7:45
very intersting information separating an ideal from reality. It is difficult to imagine how deep the ravine oder river below may be as the frame is completely full. A nice central perspective, with the tiny man emerging from the haze whistling the Colonel Bogey march - TFS!
Regards from Rhineland. We have a similar bridge (Remagen) to offer!
federico (4529) 2017-03-18 13:34
hello Zbigniew, very good perspective, you catched the famous bridge in a very good way, perfect sharpness and contrast
GFSSD-1 (4354) 2017-03-20 9:09
Karlı, yağmurlu, sisli, puslu vs. Her türlü hava şartlarında çok güzel fotoğraf verir.
Harika bir fotoğraf.
macjake (72623) 2017-03-25 6:38
wow, its easy to see why photographers would love this bridge!
I know I do and this is my first time seeing it.
those rounded parts on each side really stand out well and make it so attractive. so does the bridge's depth and dark dark brown colors. love the misty air in the bg too, thats adds another layer of mystery. fine post
cornejo (46826) 2017-03-25 11:51
Hello Zbigniew, very good photograph of this beautiful and interesting composition with the interesting bridge, very well captured in this beautiful image, with good sharpness, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting work perfectly done, my congratulations, my friend. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy Sunday.
Best wishes from the south of Spain.
adramad (49584) 2017-03-29 8:06
Sensational the perspective you have captured of this famous bridge, known throughout the world for the film on it, I love how the trees frame this iron structure, the slight mist increases the romantic touch of it.
A great color that gives a lot of appeal to the image.
Very good management of both lighting and sharpness.
Well done. I like it.
Have a nice day.
Very best regards.
- Copyright: Zbigniew Kalinowski (fotka) (4791)
- Genre: Lieux
- Medium: Couleur
- Date Taken: 2015-01-26
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ 28, Leica Vario-Elmarit 1:2.8-4.4/4.8-86.4
- Exposition: f/0.1, 1/91 secondes
- Versions: version originale
- Date Submitted: 2017-03-18 4:45
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