The famous film "Bridge on the River Kwai" was shot in Sri Lanka, but this is the real bridge of the story.
It was built during the World War II by the war prisoners, following the orders of the Japanese, who wanted to connect Thailand to Burma by railway, to avoid the dangers of the sea.
This is not the bridge we see on the film, but it's the real one, and it became so famous that lots of tourists stop there everyday to watch it, cross it and even to take the train for a short trip along the famous death railway.
The bridge we see today has been rebuilt after the war, once that three sections of the original one have been destroyed by aerial bombings.
On the photo we can see the tourists crossing the bridge, while two locals sit on the wall, resting. It was a very hot rainy day.
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fabbs99 (17179) 2013-02-13 20:04
The bridge is really one of the most famous war bridges in the world.Useful notes regarding the history of the bridge.The locals are Thai or Burmese its not clear but they seem to be enjoying the day with the sleeping dog.Good coverage and framing.TFS.
Happy Valentines Day to you.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-02-14 1:10
you´ve combined well two different aspects-one is the view of this bridge and the second is the life going around it.I like this juxtaposition.It´s also amazing,that not so big bridge was so important during WW2.Your presentation of the scene is superb.It´s well composed and framed.Also quality is first class.
Miguel82 (27752) 2013-02-14 3:30
A very famous place Ana with a lot history references
Good note and excellent pov
Like to see people in daily life
Fine colors, great shot
Have a nice day
Cricri (126732) 2013-02-14 12:16
Belle vue sur ce célèbre pont ou j'ai mis mes petits pieds dessus :-) extraordinaire histoire et architecture, tout mignon la présentation avec le chien endormi et les deux personnes qui te regardent, très belle image souvenir
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-02-15 14:44
Amazing that this bridge is so famous, despite the fact that it was never actually on screen! We have a similar thing in Boston; the popular television show 'Cheers' is based on a Boston bar, but the bar in the show is not the same one it was based on. Still, tourists flock to Cheers, even though it looks quite different inside.
Nice look at the bridge while including local life - two men and a sleeping dog. The man in blue appears to be waving for the camera as well! Thanks.
emka (107755) 2013-02-15 23:13
Hola Ana, So this is the real bridge on the river Kwai. I haven't seen the film and didn't go in this place, as I do not look at the war movies. Nice view. The sleeping dog looks like the dogs everywhere. i see that it is possible to go also by boat there.
Valensiaa (244) 2013-10-24 20:39
I'm big fan of history, but this time my heart was taken not by bridge, but a dog ha ha. What a lovely moment captured i love the feeling of lazy hot day you presented here.
Thank you for sharing it.
- Copyright: Ana Dores (adores) (46417)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-10-08
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: FujiFilm FinePix HS20 EXR
- Exposure: f/6.4, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-02-13 15:21