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. To visit The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre on your trip to Kanchanaburi, use our Kanchanaburi vacation route planner.
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  • Cost for this museum is 140 baht per person. The museum has two floors and goes into all the people who died during the construction of the railway during the second world war. Everything is described and in the home and English here and there you will find Dutch phrases back. There are 3000 registered Dutchmen died of the 17000 out there have worked. Good to combine with the museum to the cemetery next to the museum. For children it is not really an addition.
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  • The price had gone up a little from what we had seen on their website (from 120 to 140 baht) but it was definitely worth it. Having learnt a lot more about the war in Europe during my history lessons,...  more »
  • The museum is interesting with lots of photos, facts and a few meaningful displays that truly bring out the tragedy that occurred. They don't let you take photos of anything within the building even t...  more »

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Kanchanaburi town center offers plenty of comfortable hotels, with pricier ones located right on the banks of the River Kwai. Move away from the river to take advantage of a drastic drop in prices for rooms offering much the same level of comfort and facilities provided by the city's riverside alternatives. Explore the rural areas for budget hotels, quirky rental apartments, and guesthouses making use of their scenic surroundings.
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