Jeath War MuseumCurrently Closed
- Address: Wat Chai Chumphon near the TAT office on Saeng Chuto Road, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
- Timings: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm Details
- Phone: +66-034515203
- Ticket Price: 30 THB
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Museum, Family And Kids, Architecture
About Jeath War Museum, Kanchanaburi
This is a war museum. It is dedicated to the sufferings of those involved in the construction of the Death Railway. It has been built at the exact same site where the original wooden bridge first stood. ‘JEATH’ is an abbreviation for- Japan, England, America, Australia, Thailand and Holland. These are the countries the Prisoners of War belonged to. The museum is open-air. It is not conventional, the architecture. During the process of construction, the Prisoners of War used to stay in small insufficient huts. These huts have been recreated and exhibits are displayed inside them. This is an effective way of sending you back in time. You wonder how harrowing the experience must have been for the victims. Highlights include:
- The Graphic Photographs
- Physical memorabilia
- Thatched Detention Huts
- Written accounts of former POWs
- A section of the Bridge
Jeath War Museum Information
- Very crowded on public holidays.
- The images are very graphic in nature.
Jeath War Museum Ticket Prices
- For Thai residents : THB 10
How To reach Jeath War Museum by Public Transport
From the town centre, hire a
- Songtaew (10 Baht)
- Tuk-Tuk (20 Baht)
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Jeath War Museum, Kanchanaburi Reviews
Reasonable display - although quite rural in nature! Very emotive subject but even so some lost by lack of decent pictures and translations (not just English).
There is a large car park in Maenamkwai road where many of the tour buses park along with other cars and across the road from this car park you will find a curious museum called the Arts Gallery and War Museum. The private sector Museum exhibits lots of World War II stories and items, such as war instruments, photographs, uniforms, etc. It is located on the bank of Kwai River next to the Bridge on the River Kwai and the River Kwae Restaurant. Inside the building is an Art Gallery on the second and third floors. The paintings on the second floor relate to ancient battles between the Thais and Burmese, while third-floor murals tell of the Thai history and provide portraits of prime ministers and other important political figures. This private museum also features Khmer-style woodcarvings, a pair of elaborate Burmese Buddhas, and excellent paintings of Chinese deities. The entrance fee is 40 Baht and at this museum you can take photos and videos. Opposite the ticket office is a old steam engine the type of which was used on the line back in the war years and after. A rather unusual temple building rises up in the courtyard of this section of the museum. Inside a collection of old rifles and firearms are on display most of the collections are a bit dusty now but it somewhat adds to the nostalgia of the place. Downstairs there is an odd collection of vehicles and forms of transport dating back to the war and beyond. There really is a bizarre collection of exhibits here ranging from old rickshaws animals heads, photographs, a full size diorama of part of the Death Railway complete with Japanese Guard and service men working on part of the old Death Railway line. One surprise was an old Mercedes car parked in a exhibit area this must have been a favourite with the locals because of cleanliness of it. But in saying that it was enclosed in a clear plastic viewing case ! I enjoyed the quirkiness of this museum even though it looked dusty and tired, being opened to the elements didn’t help I guess. On the viewing platform outside a full size helicopter was on display, overlooking the River Kwae. There was just enough time left now to relax at the same restaurant, I had used in 2014 called the River Kwae Restaurant, its not 5 star but it does provide good food at a reasonable price and great views across the river and the River Kwae Bridge. Be careful when ordering your food here one dish is more than enough for two people.
Run down, shabby, tiny, out of the way. Rather visit the insightful museum next to the war cemetery. Saving grace: Next to the river makes for nice pictures.
Open air recreated buildings with art and news clips from the time. Very informative.
The museum was interesting but small and limited. The train on the river kwai and the longboat ride to the train were great.
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