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Sherpa591575 wrote a review Oct 2020
Phnom Penh, Cambodia147 contributions1 helpful vote
The Killing Fields at Choeung Ek, Phnom Penh Overcast skies greet me today but this seems in-keeping with the place I’m about to visit. My trusty driver is ready & we set off at 10am for the hour or so 15km drive to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. The distinctive stupa comes into view as we arrive. My first visit here was in November 2003 and I can’t remember for sure, but I think looks much the same, apart from what appears to be some remodeling of the area & gardens in particular. At the main gate I pay the entrance fee which includes an optional audio kit. I make my way to the small museum, photograph the sign at the entrance & go in. I read with much horror, the signs telling the story of Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, & how babies were murdered by smashing them against a tree. Outside, I photograph the signs detailing the Truck Stop, Detention Room, Executioners Office & Chemical Storage facility. Onward now to the stupa, constructed in 1988, where so many skulls & bones are housed & carefully preserved. I take more photos & note the mood amongst visitors is predictably somber. I decide to sit down & ponder over what I’ve seen & read & try to relate it to S21 & imagine what it might have looked like here. Trucks arriving from S21 full of terrified prisoners of all ages about to be killed by equally terrified conscripts wielding axes, wooden staves & all manner of rudimentary farming implements. The mercilessly bludgeoned & battered bodies lying on the bloodstained earth telling their own story... I recommend visiting S21Toul Sleng Genocide Museum & then the Killing Fields. There is an entry charge for each place plus an optional audio headphones tour, available in many languages, which will guide you through the different sections, describing exhibits & of course you can go at your own pace. Before you leave, you may wish to sit in the gardens in quiet reflection. Others may wish to retrace their steps to review what they have seen and consider the affect it has had on them. Visitors, please respect all those here, by dressing & acting in a dignified manner…
Date of experience: January 2020
MarkdHughes wrote a review Aug 2020
Bangkok, Thailand47 contributions11 helpful votes
That photo is a building with hundreds of skulls of the innocent murdered by the genocidal Khmer Rouge. There is even a tree in the grounds against which babies' heads were swung to kill them. At least now Cambodia, poor as it is, is escaping its dreadful past.
Date of experience: July 2020
bhodgkinson wrote a review Jun 2020
Preston, United Kingdom241 contributions89 helpful votes
Complete an audioguided tour of the Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre. It is a harrowing experience, but important to learn about the atrocities committed here and the other genocidal centres across Cambodia.
Date of experience: August 2019
Becca0493 wrote a review Jun 2020
Aintree, United Kingdom69 contributions19 helpful votes
I don't really want to have to rate this place again how can you rate a place that details an important and extremely sad and upsetting part of history. I think this place is extremely important to visit and anybody visiting the country or area should look to go here. Once you have purchased your ticket and headset you can begin the walk around and each area is explained in detail. I found all of it extremely upsetting as it is hard to get your head around the fact that something like this was able to happen and not that long ago either. The horrific stories that are told about everyone including what happened to the children in babies is beyond belief and extremely upsetting and sad. I would advise to take your time to reflect upon going around but definitely advise to come here to learn about an important part of history…
Date of experience: January 2020
V. Bobb wrote a review Jun 2020
Merritt Island, FL22 contributions2 helpful votes
This is a site you must visit when in Cambodia to understand the history of the people here. It is hard to take in, but is done well so you aren't overwhelmed.
Date of experience: December 2019