A piece of history on the death railway and World war II.
Chief Abbot founded the JEATH war museum in 1977 in hopes to shine light on the appalling conditions that POW’s of WWII endured while building the Death Railway. It is located at the junction of the Kwae Yai and Kwae Noi rivers, within the grounds a temple.
The museum itself is divided into two parts: the first is a recreation of what the quarters for the POW’s were like; it has depictions of the construction of the railway. The second is a series of bamboo huts that holds pictures, artwork and correspondence from the POW’s, an unexploded Allied bomb sent to destroy the bridge, a ten minute video presentation as well as other relics from the war.
The acronym JEATH represents the warring countries involved in the construction of the railway. It stands for Japan, England, Australia/America, Thailand and Holland. The museum is run and maintained by the monks at the adjacent Wat Chaichumphon which has some really interesting statues and shrines of their own including a shrine made out of a WWII boat that they dredged out of the river.