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Published on : Tuesday, January 5, 2016
A Death Railway Museum is opening in Myanmar to showcase the life of prisoners of war who died during the construction of the railway. The Museum is located at the site of the World War II in Myanmar’s Kayin state.
The museum was originally scheduled to be inaugurated in April but will instead open on Monday, to coincide with the country’s Independence Day.
During the war, the Imperial Japanese Army forced more than 120,000 Allied prisoners of war and laborers from Southeast Asian countries to build the railway linking Thanbyuzayat in Myanmar and Kanchanaburi in Thailand.
More than 16,000 prisoners of war died during the construction of the railway. Several thousand who died were buried at the Thanbyuzayat graveyard.
The museum will exhibit historic photos, paintings, sculptures and 3D images related to the death railway. It also highlights a coal-fired C- 0522 engine, which was used on the death railway, and a memorial place where the railway line originated.