Death Railway Museum opens in Thanbyuzayat

05 January 2016
Death Railway Museum opens in Thanbyuzayat
Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima

The Death Railway Museum, founded to educate visitors about the World War II-era Burma Railway, was opened at the site of the original railway in Thanbyuzayat Township, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 5 January.
The Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, was built by the Japanese in 1943 to support the Japanese war effort by connecting Rangoon to Bangkok. Its construction was notorious for its reliance on forced labour, drawn from both civilian communities in Thailand and Myanmar and Allied prisoners of war.
The museum showcases historic photos, as well as paintings, sculptures and 3D images of the daily life of the prisoners of war who died during the construction of the railway.