WWII Museum

Museum in Kanchanaburi

Though it's close to the Death Railway Bridge, this eclectic museum shouldn't be your first stop for understanding Kanchanaburi's wartime history. It's well-intentioned, but the museum's dispersed (and usually context-free) displays have limited educational value. Still, you'll see trains, Japanese motorcycles, anchors and old helmets, plus the museum has a great view of the bridge (the tower in the northwest corner has the best viewpoint).

Life-sized statues of soldiers recreate the harsh conditions endured by prisoners building the Thailand–Burma Railway, though the overall impression is of a museum of horrors rather than a historical display. For reasons known only to the museum owners, other exhibits include jade carvings and a display case warning of the dangers of alcohol.

The museum complex adjoins a temple. Between the two buildings is a stupa with coloured bowls decorating its exterior.