Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, Phnom Penh

Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
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Tomas H
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After visiting the prison museum S21, we moved by tuk tuk to these killing fields (30min drive). The entrance in February 2020 was 6 USD per person (including audio guide) which is sufficient enough. There was no option for cheaper tickets without audio. They accept cash only. We spent over 1hrs there, walking through, listening all the audio tracks and learning what was happening here. The place is, quiet, pieceful. I wish we learnt about this at school in Europe.... It's a horrible part of cambodian history that many people never even heard of....
Written February 19, 2020
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JayRae1
Glasgow, UK1,546 contributions
Visiting Choeung Ek is not a warm experience but, like most such places, it is essential if you want to understand what happened in Cambodia during the time of the Pol Pot regime. I foolishly took my camera with me but, once inside, I felt it would be disrespectful to take photos in such a place. Others did take photos, but that is a matter for their own conscience.

In spite of what I write here, I would recommend that anyone visiting the area should include a tour of Choeung Ek.
Written February 4, 2021
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alebeth
Mackay, Australia319 contributions
Couples
I wasn’t in Phnom Penh for very long and really wanted to get a better understanding of the history of Cambodia.
I arrived and purchased my ticket just before 8am (they open at 7.30am) and I was the first person there. It was so great to start the audio tour and see every part without other tourist crowing the place. I finished up at about 9.30am and there were definitely more people and group tours through the place by then. I can not recommend it enough, go early!
The cost was $6USD which included the audio tour and was available in many languages.
You must dress modestly and not have your back, shoulders or knees showing.
Written February 20, 2020
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Ellie T
Brighton, England, United Kingdom75 contributions
Tastefully done and very informative site. The site is very well organised and has an audio guide route you can follow. I found this and S-21 to be the best organised sites I have been to in a while! Highly recommend visit. You can get a tuktuk out to here as well, and you can find that for about $15 you will get a return trip to the city centre (and probably be able to negotiate other stops enroute).
Written February 26, 2020
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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK854 contributions
Couples
After visiting the museum in town, we came here afterwards. We arrived at 3:50pm and left at around 4:55pm. The tuktuk was $25.00 round trip, which you can get cheaper if you negotiate but we really liked our tuktuk driver.
The entry to this place is $5.00 each I think, and our clothes weren’t an issue. For the entry you are given the audio tour which is essential to understand what you are looking at.

The actual killing fields are very chilling and you can still sense the horrific history that took place here. Lots of the items, buildings and vehicles here have been removed, but the graves remain along with the bones / clothes of those who were executed. This was really harrowing and it really makes you realise just how terrible these events were.

Would absolutely recommend coming to see this place for yourself and experiencing the awful history.
Written March 1, 2020
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Tomer
Tel Aviv, Israel12 contributions
This museum is telling the stories of those who were the victims of Pol Pot's khmer rouge. Not for the faint of heart as there are human remains shown, but overall tells the sad history of the khmers. I'd recommend to also have the S21 museum for those who really want to know more about this events
Written March 17, 2020
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Holly J
London, UK55 contributions
Couples
How can you describe a place that has witnessed such pain and horror? Definitely visit this important historical monument and learn of the atrocity caused by Pol Pot and his evil army (The Kyhmer Rouge). People need to learn about and learn from such places in order to prevent future occurrences. The families of these victims need people to develop an understanding of what power, money and madness can do to a nation.
Written January 23, 2022
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Jessica B
Northampton, UK9 contributions
Heartbreaking memorial of what happened to so many. Definitely a place I won't forget visiting. The audio guide is brilliant and listening to the stories of survivors and their families experiences helped to build an understanding of what went on during this horrific period of time
Written February 2, 2020
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eastland
Swanbourne, Australia48 contributions
Couples
... in a strangely peaceful setting.

We'd been warned that this would be a traumatic visit, however having some prior knowledge of the atrocities committed during the Pol Pot years made things a little easier.
Non the less listening to the first hand accounts of survivors will leave you with, at the very least, damp eyes.
The setting is peaceful, and appropriate as a memorial. Plenty of shady spots to stop and contemplate.
Recommend an early start when it is cool and uncrowded. This is one location where I'd suggest the excellent audio guide might be better than an actual guide. You will need "quite time" alone to assess what you learn.
Written January 6, 2020
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Alex H
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Friends
An emotional place to visit but very well done and good place to learn about what happened in Cambodia in such recent history. Good value for money, entrance fee includes an audio guide which is excellent. Glad we got our own tuktuk from our hotel using Passapp (for $4) This meant we could spend more time here (we spent over 2hrs). Some of the tours give you less time and you wouldn't have had the same time to reflect and listen to all the stories on the audio guide. I don't think having a guide rather than the audio guide would have added anything. We then got a passapp tuktuk on to S21, again less than $4.
Written January 30, 2020
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