The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, Kanchanaburi

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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  • August 17, 2017
    The reason to visit is evidently only to better understand what happened to those places during the occupation of the Japanese. The Museum even if baby is full of pictures, reconstructions, letters that show us how man can, during a war, become a horrible beast.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I preferred to do something else rather than visiting this museum. It is good if you have never seen something similar. If you have, then you may miss it. No worries.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Excellent, small museum detailing the building of the Burma Railway (The Death Railway) both in terms of the engineering involved, but also a lot of the background of how the POWs ended up on the rail...  more »

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