Homegrown Tala Mon Company has been awarded a contract by the local government to develop a museum, hotel, park and other tourist facilities at the Death Railway site in Thanbyuzayat township in Mon state.
Min Banyar San, chairman, Tala Mon Company, told TTG Asia e-Daily that the work is expected to begin within the next month.
“We are looking to invest about US$3 million in the project and it will be carried out in three phases. Phase 1 will be the construction of the museum, Phase 2 will be for the hotel and Phase 3 will be for other tourist sites,” he added.
The Death Railway, also known as the Burma Railway, was a 415km railway that formed part of the Bangkok-Rangoon (now Yangon) railroad during World War Two.
Forced labour was used for its construction, and it is estimated that about half of the 300,000 Allied prisoners-of-war working on the railroad died.
“The Death Railway site in Mon State currently attracts a minimal number of tourists,” said Marcus Allender, Founder of Go-Myanmar.com. “As the Allied War Memorial cemetery is close to the Death Railway site, there is a clear opportunity to develop this area in a similar manner to what has been done at the other end, at Kanchanaburi.”
Thai authorities have constructed a memorial and museums to commemorate the railway and its workers in Kanchanaburi.
“Indeed, if the Myanmar perspective on the Death Railway and the war itself is communicated effectively, then the two sites could complement each other perfectly,” Allender added.
Source: TTG Asia