Prisoner of War Museum, Kanchanaburi

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Prisoner of War Museum commemorates the suffering of those forced to construct the Death Railway, built in the 1940s by Allied prisoners of war and Asian civilian laborers. JEATH stands for Japan, England, Australia, Thailand, and Holland, the nationalities involved in the task, and the facility itself is designed to imitate the huts where POWs lived. You'll learn about the Japanese-run construction of the railway that linked Thailand and Burma, during which over 12,000 POWs died. Exhibits display photos and artifacts dating from World War II. See Prisoner of War Museum and all Kanchanaburi has to offer by arranging your trip with our Kanchanaburi trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    a museum recounting the atrocities of the war, is never useless... Not bad photos and stories of time. See in the journey to the bridge on the river KWAI
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  • August 15, 2017
    Although run down and a bit disorganized, this museum is the only collection of memorabilia dedicated to the history of Allied prisoners employed in construction of the infamous bridge. Still worth a look.
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  • August 13, 2017
    This museum has a very random collection of historic items and also gives some insight in the Thia - Burmese wars. They also have a stamp collection, watches and some posters of a national beaty conte...  more »

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Kanchanaburi town center offers plenty of comfortable hotels, with pricier ones located right on the banks of the River Kwai. Move away from the river to take advantage of a drastic drop in prices for rooms offering much the same level of comfort and facilities provided by the city's riverside alternatives. Explore the rural areas for budget hotels, quirky rental apartments, and guesthouses making use of their scenic surroundings.
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