Thanbyuzayat is the town around 60 kilometers south from Mawlamyine. Prisoners of war who lost their lives during the building for the infamous Burma Railway also known as “Dead Railway” is located in Thanbyuzayat.
Dead Railway Museum opened in January 2016, provide with some historical context with photos, paintings and sculptures documenting the building of the railway. Dead Railway, the 424 Kilometer long lines was constructed using forced labor in hellish conditions in order to secure Japanese supply lines Burma-Siam railway. The line started from Nong Pladuk in Thailand, over the Mae Klong River (later renamed as River Kawai in 1960) 5 Kilometer North of Kanchanaburi, through Payathounzu (Three Pagodas) on the Thailand-Myanmar border and the headed North West to Thanbyuzayat over rough and rugged terrain only 112 kilometer of line ran within boundaries of Burma. Including Australian, Dutch, British and American prisoners of war died for constructing this railway estimate 100,000 people.
The Japanese authorities from a museum in Yokohama donated one of the original locomotives and a plaque; however a memorial has been established complete with train track. Optional tour can be provided and can request by mail for your trip.
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