Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
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Hellfire Pass (known by the Japanese as Konyu Cutting) was part of the Death Railway which was built during World War II. The pass is noted for the harsh conditions and heavy loss of life suffered by the labourers during construction. The labourers had to work up to 18 hours a day to complete the cutting. The sight of emaciated prisoners labouring at night by torchlight was said to resemble a scene from Hell, hence the name Hellfire Pass.
The actual rock was much bigger in person than portrayed in pictures. Again, it was hard not to picture all the laborors and POWs who worked here day in and day out, starved, diseased, and tortured. Having read about the Japanese occupation in Thailand and also in Palawan in the Philippines, I didn't realize the extent of Japanese conquest during the WW2. I'm learning that there will be more of a history lesson waiting for me once I reach Malaysia in a couple of months.