Photo: Plenty to gawk at,.

War Museum & Art Gallery

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Opened in 1987 within view of the Death Railway Bridge, the War Museum and Art Gallery attempts to blend Second World War history with Thai history—but doesn’t do a very good job of either—still, you’ll find plenty to gawk at for just 40 baht, including a fine river vista from the roof.

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A Second World War-era locomotive fronts the sprawling museum, and a Vietnam War-era helicopter sits out back near a pyramid-shaped chedi with ceramic plates built into the concrete. Rusted bombshells stand beside traditional Thai statuary near hundreds of old guns from various periods. Fronting that is a tasteless set of statues depicting key leaders from the Second World War; the info accompanying Hitler doesn’t even mention the Holocaust.

Wartime biking. Photo taken in or around War Museum & Art Gallery, Kanchanaburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Wartime biking. Photo: David Luekens

Wander further back to find faded photos of POWs and Japanese soldiers taken during the construction of the Death Railway—these are interesting but you’ll find a better collection at the JEATH War Museum. Then comes another set of concrete statues that attempt, poorly, to depict the anguish of POWs. This wing also displays motorcycles and other vehicles used ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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