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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  • There's a lot of uninteresting and not well presented information here but if you're willing to spend a bit of time there are a few gems to be found. There's a particularly good section describing the...  more »
  • We visited the Jeath war Museum as part of our trip to Thailand and Laos with Riviera Travel such a pity this museum needed to be here this is very sad but interesting and the film is a must see 
  • Its really just a bunch of pictures and a few artifacts... storyline and history was hard to follow. For a real history lesson visit hellfire pass. Has a lot of the same images in a much more logical ...  more »
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  • If you want to meet the stature of Mr. Nagase Takashi, please come here.
  • This museum about war not only world war 2 . They show weapons and pics of war also its show history of Thailand you will enjoy moving around it but don't forget to get up to see wonderful views for bridge and Kwai River. The tickets about 40 baht.
  • Very interesting and informative museum. Very close to the bridge over the river Kwai, and definetly worth visiting if you'll visit the famous bridge.
  • Not much to this museum other than a 10 minute video and walking through a room full of pictures. Just a very quick stop before we got on our boat that took us to the River Kwai bridge (all part as part of a package tour). Not worth making a special trip.
  • This museum could definitely do with being updated although the information that is there is interesting. It's 50 baht entry and there are three bamboo huts. The first has photos from the construction of the Death Railway and the Prisoner of War camps, as well as paintings of the prisoners. Some of the English translations are a bit hard to understand and a couple of the signs need repairing because the letters are missing and the words are no longer legible. There are some newspaper articles but they're all from the 80s, and while there might not be much new to say about the construction of the railway, we've had the 70th anniversary, and there must have been reports about the annual festival with the sound and light show, or about the number of tourists who come to visit the railway, cemeteries and museums. The second hut has an unexploded bomb, some military clothes and more information and news articles. In a small separate room is a screen with two videos, one of which is about the Hellfire Pass and is worth watching. Although it doesn't have much information that you won't already know from other museums, some of the images of the conditions of the victims are very disturbing and give a good insight into their lives. The other video is just still images of temples and attractions around Kanchanaburi, with a Thai voiceover, so skip it unless you speak Thai. The third hut is more newspaper articles. Again they are all very outdated, almost thirty years, and a lot of them have faded from exposure to sunlight. With these are sketches and watercolours, also quite faded but worth a look. Overall I enjoyed the museum. In some ways it added to its charm that it seemed to have been left exactly the same as it would have been when it first opened. If you want a more comprehensive and modern view then go to the Thailand-Burma death museum and railway centre near the train station, but this one is a third of the price and is worth visiting.