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Thailand’s history is long and complicated, consisting of multiple kingdoms, eras, and political powers. The country is sprinkled with museums that help visitors learn about the country’s past, present, and oftentimes hinting at what the future might hold. Full of the Kingdom’s most memorable religious traditions, culture, arts, and more, these are the top 7 museums in Thailand.
Kanchanaburi’s haunting history means many museums can be found here. This next on the list actually takes visitors to one of the areas where prisoners were held and forced to build, the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum. The land is eerily quiet and beautiful, making it almost difficult to imagine the pain and suffering that occurred here. One of the most noteworthy sites is the Hellfire Pass. The area was given this depressing name because the work and the atmosphere resembled hell. Prisoners had to work 18 hours a day, cutting the tough stone by hand with a hammer and tap. The Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum provides visitors with an audio guide, which makes it easy to follow along without a tour guide. It is haunting yet moving, and one of the best museums in Thailand. It was opened in 1998 by the Australian Government, to commemorate those who suffered and lost their lives there. The museum is open every day from 9 am to 4 pm.