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. Add Prisoner of War Museum to your Kanchanaburi travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kanchanaburi holiday planner.
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  • Not sure how many people get to experience this part of Thailand. Worth a detour from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, or a side trip from Ayuthaya. You will get a great overview of the Indo-Burmese ...  more »
  • Worth spending some time at the museum to understand the history of the area and the Bridge in particular. 
  • Part of visits to understand the past of this region. Next to the bridge of the Kwaie River.
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  • It's like visiting second world War, Historical place. Good museum.
  • Very strange and eclectic mix of various decaying items. There are some areas of note but it's like a maze and is generally tatty. Good views of the bridge from the roof though,
  • A waste of time. Filled with fakes and inaccurate information. The Death Railway Museum and Research Centre next to the Allied military cemetery is where you should go. It is the best museum in Thailand.
  • There are bigger, more informative museums in the kanchanaburi area, but its worth the 30 baht entrance fee.
  • This museum near the bridge is an interesting collection of odds and ends. However the Thai/Burma railway museum at the war cemetary, documents the true story of the Allied prisoners of war. And the Japanese obsession with building a railway to Burma in order to invade India.