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Founded in 1997 by ex-child soldier Aki Ra, the Cambodia Landmine Museum tells the story of his rise from a 10 year old fighter in the Khmer Rouge to his present place as an internationally recognized hero.
The Museum tells the story of landmines in Cambodia and the country's continuing efforts to rid itself of the aftermath of over 35 years of warfare. Here you can see (defused and safe) landmines up close, find out how they work and how you can help Cambodia and the rest of the world in the on-going efforts of clearing these weapons from the face of the earth.
In 2010 Aki Ra was chosen by CNN as one of its Top 10 Heroes of the Year.
Aki Ra began his quest to make Cambodia safe in the early 90's after he went to work for the UN celaring Angkor Wat of landmines and unexploded ordinance. He began by looking for them with a stick, in flip flops and a t-shirt. When he found them he defused them by hand and took some of the shells home where tourists came to see them. While clearing he also began bringing home wounded and orphaned children and raising them along side his own children. Today the Landmine Museum Relief Center cares for nearly 3 dozen of these victims.
The Museum is located inside Angkor National Park, 7km south of Banteay Srey Temple You do not need a 'Temple Pass' to visit the Museum.
Operating hours are 07:30 - 17:30 daily, 7 days a week, year round.