Sangkhla Buri | Thailand

Three Pagodas Pass Sangkhla Buri

Family Thailand Tour 2020

Sangkhla Buri | Thailand

06 Feb 2020 | Thu

Day 12 of 18

  • Hell Fire Pass Memorial
  • Lunch | Khrua Ngo Pa Kanchanaburi
  • Wat Tha Khanun Thong Pha Phum
  • Kroeng Krawia Waterfall Sangkhla Buri
  • Three Pagodas Pass Sangkhla Buri
  • Kingfisher House Sangkhla Buri
  • Uttama Memorial Mon Bridge Sangkhla Buri
  • Sangkhla Buri Night Market

Three Pagodas Pass Sangkhla Buri

Three Pagodas Pass Sangkhla Buri is a border crossing between Thailand and Myanmar. The pass is named for the three pagodas that stand on the Myanmar side of the border. The pass at Three Pagodas Pass is thought to date back to the 3rd century.

Three Pagodas Pass Sangkhla Buri

Travelers must have a valid passport and visa to enter Myanmar. There is a small market on the Thai side of the border, where travelers can buy snacks and souvenirs.

The Three Pagodas Pass Sangkhla Buri border crossing is a busy place, with many people coming and going between Thailand and Myanmar.

Three Pagodas Pass is a pass in the Tenasserim Hills on the border between Thailand and Myanmar (Burma), at an elevation of 282 metres (925 ft). The pass links the town of Sangkhla Buri in the north of Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand, to the town of Payathonsu in the south of Kayin State, Myanmar.

The pass is named after three small, crumbling stupas or chedis which were probably built at the end of Ayutthaya period as a symbol of peace. The pagodas are now on the Thai side of the border in the village of Phra Chedi Sam Ong. Parts of the border are still disputed. These three chedis appear in the provincial seal of Kanchanaburi Province in stylized form. The pass gives its name to the Three Pagodas Fault.

The pass has been the main land route into western Thailand since ancient times. It is one of the few passes in the Tenasserim Hills, and is believed be the point at which Buddhist teachings reached the country from India in the 3rd century.

During the Ayutthaya period in Thai history (14th–18th centuries), the pass was the main invasion route for the Burmese, but at times was also used against them by Siamese armies. The first Burmese invasion through the pass occurred in 1548 during the Burmese–Siamese War (1547–1549).

During World War II, Japan built the infamous Death Railway (officially Taimen – Rensetsu Tetsudo) through the pass. There is a memorial to commemorate the thousands of British, Australian, Dutch and American prisoners of war, and Asian forced labourers who died during the construction of the railway.

The region is home to several hill tribes, including Karens and Mons, who are unable or unwilling to obtain citizenship from either country. Separatist armies have repeatedly tried to take seize of the pass from Myanmar, with the Mons in effective control until 1990, when Burmese troops regained it. There is still occasional fighting in the area.

Wikipedia Three Pagodas Pass

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