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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  • A very well presented and well curated exhibition of a very sad part of history. I learned a lot and would recommend a visit.  more »
  • Visited prior to visiting the cemetery. Our 6 yr old was free and 8 yr old reduced price. Most of exhibits were fine for the kids (only one that wasn't was marked). Good video and held their attention...  more »
  • Puts the horrors of Japanese occupation into brutal reality. Small enough to be able to digest all the information so you don't have to spend a lot of time here. Visit the war cemetery across the road...  more »