The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, Kanchanaburi
(4.4/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
Discover the sad history of the Thailand-Burma Railway at The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, an interactive museum dedicated to preserving the story of the railway line in a fair, balanced, non-partisan way. The Empire of Japan built the railway--sometimes known as the Death Railway--in 1943 using forced labor to support its forces in the Burma campaign of World War II. More than 12,600 Allied prisoners of war died during the construction of the line, along with an estimated 90,000 Asian civilian laborers. Learn about the railway's construction and geography, and about the grim working conditions of the laborers, through a combination of reconstructions, interactive displays, videos, artwork, and preserved artifacts. The museum is located next to two cemetaries where laborers were laid to rest. To visit The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre on your trip to Kanchanaburi, use our Kanchanaburi vacation route planner.
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  • This explains the building of the railway by POWs during WW2. Also shows the differences between the "Hollywood" version and reality! 
  • An amazing Museum to further understand the origins of the culture in Thailand and know why there is so much mixing between: Chinese, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Catholics a huge syncretism after a World War II and a railway built with human labor, many lost their lives between 100,000: Chinese, Indians, burmeses, Dutch, American and British, serving a unique purpose of the Japanese to give origin to the railway of 415 KM which starts from Thailand at the border with Burma, many outstanding for telling stories. Visiting the Museum is a forced stop to understand the history of Kanchanaburi and a little mix that is observed in many temples across the country from the South to the North of Thailand.
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  • We visited here just after the cemetery and it was interesting and very informative. Sad, moving and amazing all at the same time, difficult to understand how human beings can treat one another like t...  more »
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  • An extremely informative museum which brought the building of the railway into stark reality. Moving & poignant stories of the suffering of the allied prisoners & many other nationalities who were forced to build the railway? The cemetery opposite the museum is the final resting place of many of the soldiers, sailers and airmen who died building the railway, beautifully kept by the CWGC.
  • It is actually the Death Railway Museum and Research Centre and is next to the Allied military cemetery. I've spent nearly a year travelling in various parts of Thailand, and this is the best museum in Thailand. It is filled with tremendous artifacts and information on Death Railway. I cannot recommend this museum enough. Very modern and state of the art. It was very surprising to find a museum of this caliber in Kanchanaburi. We only spent two hours there, but easily could have spent four hours.
  • Can't take a photo inside. There are many sure document about the Deth Railway. I didn't know that Japanese Army constructed railway in Thailand during WW2 before I entered this museum.
  • Excellent and informative museum on the history of the Death Railway. Plenty of effort put in. Be prepared to spend at least 2 hours reading the posters.
  • This place is a big must go and see , absolutely loved this museum , so much information to read and the cemetery opposite , I highly recommend