Inside Asia Tours
Death Railway Museum

Death Railway Museum

Learn about the construction of Myanmar's “Death Railway”, constructed by the Japanese during WWII.

As a feat of engineering, the Myanmar Railway was a staggering accomplishment. In just one year, the occupying Japanese laid 415 km of track laid and built over 600 bridges, with workers labouring under exceptionally harsh conditions. In terms of human cost, however, it was utterly devastating. It's thought that 100,000 lives (mostly Allied POWs and Burmese civilians) were lost in its construction: one man died for every sleeper laid. It's become known as "Death Railway", and after WWII over 100 Japanese were tried for war crimes relating to its construction.

To commemorate this dark period in its history, Myanmar opened a major new museum in January 2016. Located at Thanbyuzayat, which marked the northwestern end of the railway, the museum covers four acres of land and offers visitors photographs, sculptures, paintings and 3D images relating to the railway's construction in 1943. It is a gloomy subject but a fascinating one, and well worth taking a look at if you're interested in Myanmar's turbulent history.

Death Railway Museum

located in Mawlamyine

Read more >

Other suggested History

View more >
  • Yangon colonial heritage walk

    Yangon colonial heritage walk

    Stroll through downtown Yangon with a knowledgeable local guide, exploring the architectural remnants of the British colonial era.

    Read more >

  • Bago and the Allied War Cemeteries

    Bago and the Allied War Cemeteries

    Many of the locations made infamous by WWII are currently restricted, but in Bago we recommend a sobering visit to the Allied War Cemeteries.

    Read more >

  • Revolution road: a postcolonial history tour

    Revolution road: a postcolonial history tour

    Get to grips with modern history as you explore Yangon's key sites and museums dedicated to postcolonial Myanmar.

    Read more >

  • RE