The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, Kanchanaburi

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#3 of 6 in Museums in Kanchanaburi Province
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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  • Nice old style railway station in center of town just few steps from bridge. Worth to see if you are there but not worth special trip  more »
  • A well displayed museum which presents historical facts of the building of the Thailand to Burma railway. It was very emotional to read the stories of so much pain , suffering that the prisoners of wa...  more »
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  • This is a very well done museum. The displays are educative and clear, also giving a fuller impression of the railways impact locally and not just for those from the war. The visuals and statues give a good impression of the conditions. The staff and context were very good and the place was reflective. Would recommend.
  • Deeply impressive and immensely sad to see this history in the flesh so to speak. It is not a big museum bit it does a good job at making to come to life with scenic pieces. All the panels are also in English so that makes it very accessible to everyone.
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