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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  • A small but hugely informative little museum with some good exhibits and a poignant video too. We got here at 9am before the tours arrived and were the only ones here, massive group arrived as we left...  more »
  • A great little museum, with good displays and information on the POW's. I would highly recommend a visit whilst in Kanchanaburi.  more »
  • Especially to see what else all preserved! stories are very clearly displayed. Impressive especially to all those stories to see and read. Definitely worth it
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  • Really well done museum! Need like 3 hours to read everything. No pictures were allowed but it has a lot of amazing artifacts and history contained in there! And 13 years worth of insights and research on WW2.
  • Museum was closed for renovation. They took us to a substitute museum in honour of one of the surgeons that served during WWII. Once again, very informative. Sad to see how "treasures" are neglected though.
  • Very thought provoking. The small museum is closed but there is an audio guide to accompany the walk through the pass.
  • Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, 73 Jaokannun rd ( next to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, near the south of Mae Nam Khae road ), +66 3 451 2721. 09:00-17:00 daily. Generally considered to be the best source of information regarding World War II in Thailand, railway construction and route, and the conditions endured by POWs and Asian labourers. Very moving exhibits, including video and interactive displays. A visit takes at least one hour, and probably longer if you want to read everything. Fee includes a free coffee or tea at upstairs cafe, where you can sit at the window bench overlooking the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. It is a good place to sit and reflect after your tour of the centre. 120 Baht Entrance fee. They don’t like anyone taking photos or videos inside this Museum be warned.
  • This museum is so much better than the very strange Jeath Museum by the Bridge. The focus is very much on telling the story of the people, the integration with the war but above all the suffering the Japanese caused and the murder of some one hundred thousand. It overlooks one of the war cemeteries which, in itself, is immaculately maintained by the War Graves Commission.
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