The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, Kanchanaburi

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4.3/5 based on 850+ 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 place sets contiguous with the cemetery.... it's a very emotional area to visit...this place was cool to relive all of the horrendous history of the building of the railroad...... it actually too...  read more »
  • In this museum you learn and you see the horrors of the building of the railroad and the bridge on the River Kwai. Quite impressive. You get explanation on pictures and there is a movie. Am very impressed.
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  • Definitely the place to get the main info on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, WWII and the maltreatment of Allied POW. Very sombre, thought-provoking, and informative. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Comprehensive and modern museum about the Death Railway. It includes a lot of information about the conditions that the POWs had to endure, as well as donated items from families and victims themselves. There are personal items found at the camps, letters home to families informing them that their husband or son is missing or is at a POW camp, metal railway spikes in pieces of wood representing the number of victims, and a ceramic poppy from the art exhibition at the Tower of London. The entry is more expensive than similar museums in the area (140 baht) but this includes a free tea or coffee in the cafe upstairs which has huge windows overlooking the war cemetery.
  • This place has an exhibition about world war and they can fine your relative who joined the war
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