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Wat Thmey(Killing Field)

Address: Siem Reap, Cambodia
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59%
Ranked #45 of 79 Attractions in Siem Reap
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I have been on a few war sites and other historical sites but this was the most powerful with skull fragments still on the floor and the brutality of the executions. Really put a lump in my throat walking around the site. If your in the area it just seemed right to go and visit a very important part of... More

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Melbourne
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Entering this attraction past a beggar with no legs (no doubt another land mine victim) I didn't quite know what to expect but to see the display of people's remains was the last thing! A large glass fronted case with countless skulls, femurs, etc all neatly stacked faces the visitor. It was hard to ignore no matter how much you... More

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london
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

To be honest I expected more and perhaps a guide would have been helpful. It doesn't take more than 10-15 minutes to walk around so is probably done on a tour rather than a sole attraction. However, whilst there I did take the time to reflect on what the lovely people of Cambodia have been through and it is truly... More

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Thornhill, Canada
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98 reviews 98 reviews
24 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This is an excellent tribute and reminder of the horrific legacy of Pol Pot's and the Kymer Rouge regime. We must never repeat our mistakes and continue to give voice to those that were affected.

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Perth
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60 reviews 60 reviews
38 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

I can understand why people would feel disappointed with a visit here. But I came with a tuk tuk driver that spoke very good English. He was happy to give me a very personal tour explaining what all the photographs where of and all about the big glass box of bones. Get a guide and learn a little about Cambodia... More

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Ubud, Indonesia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I must say that I did not understand why they bother about it at all and I feel that they have not served the victims of this terrible time in Cambodia's history well at all. They deserve to have a voice - they deserve to be heard - they must never be forgotten.

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Greve, Denmark
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133 reviews 133 reviews
74 attraction reviews
1,574 helpful votes 1,574 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Suddenly being there is a strange feeling. Walking around in this area with such a evil history is strange and it really put a certain gray and sad all over you. Visit it back in Feb 2009

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Townsville
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Nothing here about the Killing Fields except a case of bones and nothing written in Englsih to explain. The main temple is quite nice but this is not the place for a history lesson on the Kymer Rouge.

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Brisbane, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

Was taken here today but found the lack of information or guide made the place uninteresting. If there were signs to explain, this may improve people's understanding.

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Canberra, Australia
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101 reviews 101 reviews
18 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It is hard to rate this site as excellent" given what it is and represents. But I rate it so to highlight its significance. Whether you are a traveller to Siem Reap for the temples or a backpacker following the nightlife (or both), you can't pretend to enjoy Cambodia without some appreciation of the holocaust they experienced under the KR.... More

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