The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, Kanchanaburi

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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. You can plan Kanchanaburi trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • You could look at the bridge and ride the train, but to understand what really happened here, you cannot skip this centre. 
    You could look at the bridge and ride the train, but to understand what really happened here, you cannot skip this centre.  more »
  • The museum takes about an hour to walk around, the price includes a tea/coffee at the cafe at the end. Although small the exhibits have been put together with such care, which is evident with the... 
    The museum takes about an hour to walk around, the price includes a tea/coffee at the cafe at the end. Although small the exhibits have been put together with such care, which is evident with the...  more »
  • this was a new place for me and I liked it a lot better than the older ones. Very good information about the war and the POW. Double pricing should not be in place as only a difference of 50 baht. By....  more
    this was a new place for me and I liked it a lot better than the older ones. Very good information about the war and the POW. Double pricing should not be in place as only a difference of 50 baht. By....  more »
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  • Nice museum which gives a good impression about events which happened in the second world war. An, in Europe, untold story which I found fascinating and intriguing. Would recommend! Explanation in this museum is all in English and Thai.
  • This is a must see. What a brilliant place full of information and historical facts. It is privately funded sadly and needs all the support it deserves! The Governments of all countries whose people worked on the Thai Burma Railway should sponsor the place, simply for the invaluable research and information they have accumulated on every individual!
  • A fantastic space to learn about the history of the railway. Tastefully done and a good price for entry. Lovely little coffee shop and well price gift shop. Definitely worth a visit. The war cemetery next to the museum is sombre and moving, but beautifully kept and well looked after.
  • Very kind nice staff. Internet said it was open until 5 so we turned up at 4 15. They closed at 4. But the very kind staff let us in to look around. Loads of great information and history. Really learnt alot. Really well maintained!
  • Some good donations, letters, stories, from family of PoWs, some good outline of history. Next to memorial cemetery, which is well maintained. Museum was quite nice and simple, offers coffee/tea at the end of the tour. Tickets are 150.- for adults.

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