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The Killing Fields (Choeung Ek)

15km southwest of the city, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Ranked #2 of 47 Attractions in Phnom Penh
Type: Historic Sites
Description: These were the execution grounds for the Khmer Rouge.
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I came away from here feeling quite haunted but am glad I made the visit. It's absolutely horrific what happened under the Pol Pot regime but the walk was incredibly informative and I gained an understanding of what happened.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Hard to rate something like this - but it was a moving experience and very sad. Although so interesting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

If you know the recent history of Phnom Penh then this place is significant. I went once, thought I should as it has great Khymer significance but I will never go again. Ten kms out of town on bad roads, if you want to know about this country then you should go but it is not a pleasant day trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Travel provides us with many experiences, many of them hopefully joyous and wondrous. But every now and then, some experiences are simply shockingly tragic and sad. I wonder if it is actually possible to visit this memorial and not be affected by the horrible events that occurred those many years ago. Standing next to the shallow burial pits, reading the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Four stars because you must go but this is not an enjoyable place to visit. Moving and sorrowful you can't help but feel emotionally drained. Please show respect when you visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The thought of seeing something so horrific and terrible as to what one human being can do to thousands can be disturbing. But this place is now one of peace. It is a place to put on your audio headphones and learn about what really happened during this awful time of history. Make the journey out there and spend the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

It's sad to think how badly humans can treat each other. The mere thought makes one tremble. Very good to take older kids to it as it educates them as well we can't forget these sort of atrocities so hopefully we won't repeat again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

A must see memorial to those millions of innocents who lost their lives brutally in a short, sad period in Cambodia's recent past. People need to reflect on man's inhumanity to man that has occurred too many times, and hopefully learn from it. The audio presentation was very informative of this very sad and brutal period in history. I'm not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We got there by a tuk-tuk which was very handy because a driver waited until we were done. The entry is 6$ and totally worth it. There is a short 15min movie in the museum. The part I liked the most was an audio guide, it was excellent and very informative. A sad place but a must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

It's hard to recommend this for those traveling on light vacations. That being said, anyone visiting Phnom Penh owes it to themselves to go, to listen, to learn, and most of all, to share this with all their friends and families. Learning about the 1975-79 genocide that happened here is one of the roughest things I've ever experienced. The audio... More

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