Lest we forget

Writer: 
Bo Bo Myint
Construction is underway for the Death Railway Museum in Mon State. (Photo – Bo Bo Myint/EMG)

The Death Railway Museum is set to open in Thanbyuzayat, Mon State in September after construction began in March, according to Min Banyar San, chairman of building company Tala Mon. The museum will be located next to a newly built hotel, a shopping mall and a gift shop.  

During the Japanese occupation of Myanmar, prisoners of war and locals were part of forced labour that constructed the infamous railway line linking Thailand with Myanmar. Construction began in November 1942 and was completed in October 1943, costing tens of thousands of lives. 

Representatives of Tala Mon plan to visit the Death Railway Museum in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, next month to observe its exhibitions.

“We are going to visit the museum in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi to see how we can mount similar or better exhibitions.  Four delegates from the Thanbyuzayat Township Development Committee, four from our company, and two other observers will go on the observation trip,” said Min Banyar San.