Hellfire Pass Museum – Kanchanaburi



The Hellfire Pass Museum is an absolute must do attraction for anyone visiting the Kanchanaburi area to pursue their interest in the history of the Burma-Siam death railway in World War II.

This Australian built complex consists of a memorial site located within Konyu Cutting (Hellfire Pass), a memorial walking trail and a modern museum. The Hellfire Pass Museum was officially opened on 25 April 1998 and now receives over 80,000 visitors each year.


Hellfire Pass Museum Kanchanaburi

Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum Kanchanaburi


The Hellfire Pass Museum is located 80 km north of Kanchanaburi on a Royal Thai Armed Forces Agricultural & Cooperative Division Development Command, 18 km from the end of the operating line at Namtok Station in the village of Thasao.

Of the 60,000 Allied POWs who worked on the railway, 12,399 (20 per cent) died. Between 70,000 and 90,000 civilian labourers are also believed to have died. The reasons for this appalling death toll were lack of proper food, totally inadequate medical facilities and, at times, the brutal treatment from guards and railway supervisors.


Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum Kanchanaburi

A very moving place and certainly worth the effort to visit.


The Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum is open daily 09:00 – 16:00 and there is no admission fee (although donations are suggested).


Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum Kanchanaburi

Hellfire Pass Memoria


Hellfire Pass Museum contact details

Address:  Kanchanaburi, Wat Chaichumphon Kanchanaburi, Thailand
(034) 531-347, 081-754-2098, 081-814-7564
Website: Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum


Traveller’s Reviews of the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum


Lest we forget

Rating: 5 out of 5 ★★★★★ 

This is one attraction in Kanchanaburi that you wouldn’t want to miss. In fact, it’s the main reason why you’d go to this far-flung place instead of shopping and nightlife in Bangkok!

The Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum is well maintained, and the walk is spellbinding. To be able to trace back the steps of the works from thousands of POWs is enchanting and moving enough. If you’re a history or WWII buff, this is for you!

A moving reminder

Rating: 4 of 5 ★★★★☆ 

We visited here in the late afternoon, and the place was deserted.
It is amazing to see what the POW had to do day in day out. It is no wonder there was so much life lost here.

This is a must visit, as is the war museum & cemetery.

Brought a tear to my eye

Rating: 4 of 5 ★★★★☆ 

Once again the Australian War Memorial has done an outstanding job. It is hot so take water but take your time. Don’t be rushed like the poor POWs and Asian labourers who had to build it. Take the headphones, cost nothing but allows you to picture things better and gives you some solitude. All Australians should go if they can. RIP you brave men and Lest We Forget.

Informative and moving memorial

Rating: 5 of 5 ★★★★★ 

This a well kept and well organised memorial to those soldiers and civilians who died constructing the Thai Burma railway in the second world war. It consists of a museum, short audio sets, audio headphones and walking trail along the railway bed and through Hellfire Pass itself. The scenery is beautiful considering the atrocities that were carried out here in the war.
Well worth the visit and top marks to the Aussies running it.

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