JEATH War Museum - Kanchanaburi, Thailand
N 14° 00.976 E 099° 31.834
47P E 557293 N 1549589
Quick Description: Very interesting,but almost odd, museum dedicated to telling the story of how the Allied POWs lived their daily lives in captivity while building the Thai Burma Railway.
Date Posted: 3/18/2008 8:29:21 AM
Waymark Code: WM3D8P
On the bank of the River Kwai, across from Chung Kai War Cemetery, and built of bamboo in the same U-shaped architecture as the buildings in the actual camps, this is one not to miss. Although it's not overpowering as a museum, there are a lot of artifacts and newspaper stories related to the lives of the Thai-Burma Railway POWs of WWII. Rather than a typical building, the museum chose to try and make visitors feel as though they are in a POW hut like the soldiers and sailors would have lived in during their capture. It is cramped and would be very hot if not for fans spaced around the walkways. I admit, it is interesting to walk through the bamboo "hut" and hear chickens pecking on the roof. The name JEATH comes from the first letters of the countries represented in the camps: Japan, England, Australia, America, Thailand, and Holland.
Opening hours: 8:30 - 4:30 daily
Open all year: Yes
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