Prisoner of War Museum, Kanchanaburi

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At Prisoner of War Museum, learn about the Death Railway, part of the Thai-Burma railways built from 1942 to 1943. Thousands of Allied prisoners of war were forced under Japanese demands to construct the railway, and over 12,000 died from the brutal treatment and conditions. In the museum's first section, explore a site built to imitate POWs' quarters at the time. Inside the building, learn in more detail about the construction of the railroad. The second section displays artifacts and items such as paintings, drawings, photos, weapons, tools, and maps. A visit to Prisoner of War Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Kanchanaburi tour itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • September 6, 2017
    Lots of information and displays to look at. Well set out worth a look you can just wander around on your own at you own time.  more »
  • August 24, 2017
    When Japan invaded during the second world war, the fact is that no prior knowledge and understanding is difficult. You come across bad Japan forces exhibition content is unclear, but a fact. Did not see Japanese tourists here.
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  • August 13, 2017
    The Museum has a collection very Rico about the construction of the bridge, the treatment given to Allied prisoners by the Japanese, the rudimentary tools that they used in the construction of the bridge, as well as weapons and uniforms of the Imperial Japanese army. Need more attention and care and in my opinion is a must-visit after meeting the bridge.
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