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The Death Railway Museum

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Thanbyuzayat was the terminus of the infamous Death Railway built using forced labour overseen by the Japanese army during World War II. A modest museum, newly opened in early 2016, commemorates this for the first time.

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The line linked existing rail tracks at Thailand’s Kanchanaburi with Burma’s Yangon to Dawei line. Most of the track, including the most difficult sections, lay in Thailand but a substantial stretch led down from Three Pagodas’ Pass on the border to the junction town of Thanbyuzayat. A large Allied war cemetery close to the museum testifies to the fact that plenty of prisoners also lost their lives constructing the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)


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