The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre

The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, Kanchanaburi: Hours, Address, The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre

The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Gerry_W_Reisenberger
Munich, Germany352 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Small, but excellent museum. You can really tell a lot of time, effort and resources are invested in this museum which in my opinion is a must visit when in Kanchanaburi. The research is ongoing and the structural archiving of the victims is outstanding. Given its humble appearance on the outside (you might mistake it for an office or government institution) it would be easy to dismiss it - please don’t!!

The sad and bizarre story of the railroad are explained perfectly here, and gives you a solid insight. Pair it with a visit to the cemetery and the bridge.
Written January 1, 2022
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TomOrr
Kanchanaburi, Thailand91 contributions
Jan 2020
As museums go this is quite typical. Lots of boards and displays and a short video. For Thailand, I felt that the admission fee was quite high, despite the ticket being inclusive of a tea or coffee in their cafe.

It is also a nice air-conditioned break from the heat outside, and the coffee shop is excellent. I love ice cream and thay had the best I've had, but the coffee shop is at the tour end so you can't just pop in for a cofee or ice cream without paying the 150 Baht admission fee.

Worth a look, especially on a hot day.
Written January 8, 2020
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Amy
79 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
The museum is one of the best we have visited. It presents the information very well with everything in both Thai and English. They give great background information and then also include personal stories, so you can really understand what life was like at the time for the POWs. There are some artifacts and some models showing the construction and route of the railway.

Free tea or coffee is included and we also had breakfast and lunch there and the food was excellent. They also have a decent souvenir shop and the War Cemetery is directly across, so you can visit both in one day.
Written February 11, 2020
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Carol B
Southport, UK73 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We stopped here as part of the E&O Express on the “custom tour”. We were honoured and privileged to meet Ron Beattie, Manager of the Centre and his interest, compassion and enthusiasm for the subject matter of which he is so knowledgeable is very apparent. He gave a talk to our group on a raft whilst sailing down the Kwai and this provided us with the historic background information about the building of the railway and why it was so critical to the Japanese Second World War strategy.

I left this visit more informed and humbled by the hard work that Ron and his team put into the maintenance and running of the centre, along with the ongoing research into POW’s and help and support to their relatives, many of who are still searching for answers. A moving and powerful trip - I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Written January 25, 2020
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hartplatt
Lowestoft, UK226 contributions
Feb 2020
We found this museum to be very informative. There are full descriptions and accounts from surviving POWs. There are videos, maps, models and mock-ups of surgical theatres etc. to give you an idea of how hard it was to be a POW on the Thai-Burma railway and Hellfire Pass.

There are lots of personal artefacts that have been donated to the museum by relatives of POWs. The personal stories bring it all to life and make you realise that when we think we've got it tough, we actually have no idea what tough is! A very sobering and thought- provoking museum. I recommend a visit here.
Written March 1, 2020
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J0ymermaid
Bangkok, Thailand126 contributions
Aug 2019
We visited this museum after a visit to the River Kwai Bridge. It gives you a very good understanding of the historical context. The museum is very informative, showing pictures, models, personal belongings and other legacy from the POW and forced labourers. All explanations are both in Thai and English. Definitely worth a visit. You will get free tea or coffee in the café.
Written March 9, 2020
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Stephen M
New York City, NY365 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
This museum is directly across from the cemetery where many of those who died building the railway are buried.
The museum is very professional and gives a very wide yet detailed presentation of the war in Asia and this area in particular. There are ample photos and other memorabilia that will give a very clear presentation of the depredations inflicted by the Japanese military in building the nearby bridge and railway stretching from Thailand through Burma.
Put this on the top of your list.
Written October 22, 2020
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Liz
Peterborough, UK10 contributions
Jan 2020
Whilst most of us know something of the railway, this museum gives such an insight into the background of how and why it was built. Following on from this it outlines conditions with facts and figures before moving on to visual displays and moving stories recounted by those who were there.An excellent and informative museum, well worth a visit.
Written March 28, 2020
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AJC32
Brussels, Belgium115 contributions
Jan 2020
This museum should be visited by anyone with even just a passing interest in the history of the Second World War. It is highly iInformative and requires a couple of hours to do it justice. The attention paid to the tens of thousands of Asians who died alongside the POWs will be a revelation to most visitors.
Written February 3, 2020
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Daveybick
Exeter, UK41 contributions
Mar 2020
A really clear, informative and pleasent museum with very good displays coveing the whole dreadful episode with sincerity, sensitivity and historical fact. The displays are clear and effective with a lot to read. Immediately opposite is the cemetary so better to visit museum first to have a better understanding.
Written March 9, 2020
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