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“Very well done” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Killing Fields (Choeung Ek)

The Killing Fields (Choeung Ek)
15km southwest of the city, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including...
Ranked #1 of 29 Attractions in Phnom Penh
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: These were the execution grounds for the Khmer Rouge.
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“Very well done”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

This is not a feel-good afternoon, but it is an important trip. The site is well done and the audio recording provided as part of your admission, available in several languages, is really well done as well. As hard as it is, you should go.

Visited November 2012
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“Depressing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

If you saw S21 see the killing feilds. It's quite full on, each step around the graves your are walking on crushed bones and teeth of the victims of the Khmer Rouge during the Genocide. It'spretty disturbing and gives grafic detain and descriptions on how the babies were murded and other people too. Dirt that has washed away reveals clothes still in the soil. It is eerie and disturbing but a must see.

Bring bread rolls or something from the bakery. The children out the front always ask for money but provide a bag of bread and they are very very happy. Have never seen children look so hungry. Hand out the bread evenly as they will snatch and fight. and if their father is there offer him the bag and he will help hand it out. It will make you feel a better person.

Visited December 2011
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austin
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“sacred ground”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Although I am quite familiar with the Khmer Rouge and the Cambodian genocide, I was unprepared for how moving The Killing Fields was. Although the audio guide narration expressed moral outrage at the horrors of the genocide, it also contained profound expressions of grief, sadness, and most surprisingly, forgiveness. Anyone who wants to understand Cambodia's history and the genocide's legacy must visit The Killing Fields, which is considered sacred to the memory of the people who suffered and died under the Khmer Rouge. Be aware this is only one of many mass graves in Cambodia, but it's a symbol for them all. I've visited Cambodia twice, and every Cambodian I've met had stories to tell about their families under the Khmer Rouge. This horror touched everyone in the country, and The Killing Fields is a testament not only to inhumanity, but to the resilience of the human spirit.

Visited November 2012
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“graphic details and explantation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

the walk-around head sets a must gives a detailed insight to the happenings and explains the reasons and history behind the story

Visited October 2012
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“Reality check”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

All of the other reviews of this location pretty much tell the story of its value for a visit. An absolute must-be-seen when in Phnom Penh.

Visited October 2012
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