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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  • This was a scheduled stop on our tour. It was ok but the displays were old and they would not allow you to take pictures. The Hellfire Pass Memorial is far better and more informative. Come here to se...  more »
  • I really enjoyed the way this museum paid tribute to the men who worked on the Railway especially showing personal stories and belongings. I was also pleased to see a pottery poppy from the mote of th...  more »
  • Bravo for this Museum, which has captured my 3 children yet much interested in history. Images and exhibits are aware of what could happen.
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  • This is certainly the best, and in my opinion only, museum worth visiting to learn about the Death Railway. It's insightful, designed with competence and passion, well explained and curated. Round it off by visiting the neighbouring war cemetery.
  • A nice small museum which provides the perfect introduction to the history of the Death Railway. The exhibits were in both English and Thai and was informative and interesting. There is a small cafe on the 2nd floor where you can take a break after visiting the cemetery across the road and the museum.
  • The price of admission of 140 baht is reasonable. It is definitely a good starting point for learning about what happened during the construction of the death railroad.
  • This is excellent museum filled with information about the prisoners of war who were involved with building the railroad during World War II. I got very emotional at this museum while I read about the harsh conditions for the POWs & civilians. I feel this museum needs to be viewed by every citizen of the world. The cemetery across the street is a fitting memorial to the ones who lot their lives.on this effort.
  • Very informative museum on the history of Thailand burma railway construction especially during the Japanese invasion and POW labour's.

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