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Wat Thmey (Killing Fields)

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Address: Siem Reap, Cambodia
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This is a small temple set in the grounds of a Buddhist monastery. We only had a very quick visit as it was a very sad place for our guide, The shrine has a display of skulls... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our guide suggested that in order to understand the history of Cambodia one had to visit the killing fields. We gathered that this was just one of many locations where mass executions were held. There is a central shrine looking structure housing thousands of skulls, and bones which were excavated from the pits which were mass graves. The day we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited this location twice and was greatly moved both times, though my most recent showed that it has been greatly improved with recognition of its significance and funding. Visitors are now given audio-guides with extremely moving recordings of Cambodian people who had been taken and/or imprisoned by the Khmer Rouge and their personal recollections, as well as informative... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small temple set in the grounds of a Buddhist monastery. We only had a very quick visit as it was a very sad place for our guide, The shrine has a display of skulls, which is confronting, and not something you feel comfortable gawking at, or taking photos. I was pleased we made the stop to see... More 

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balga west aust
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour is of one of the many Killing Fields that were in operation during the time of Pol Pot. When first arriving it is explained that the locals had no idea of what was happening. The reason for this is that there was music being played loudly 24 hours a day. The trucks carrying the people would arrive late... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was staying in pagoda ,The killing fields it was not so big place in siem reap .But free to see this place .

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Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have seen this on Television but when you actually visit it you realise how very confronting it is and very sad. Can't believe how many people including children were killed by Khmer Rouge. The Cambodian People we found to be a very gentle people. A must see on your trip to Siem Reap.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not for the faint of heart but a living evidence of the atrocities perpetrated by the Kamer Rouge. Too bad that they are still around.

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Thank Mercedes C
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If your only chance to see a Cambodian genocide memorial is in Siem Reap, this is the place to come. That said, you won't need more than 15 minutes. There is just one monument with the skulls of the victims, plus a couple faded plaques about the genocide. There is a temple next door, built on the killing fields. There's... More 

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taree nsw australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was very interesting, yet very moving and to see the skulls on display was breath taking and sad.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wat Thmey is a poignant place of remembrance no doubt, but it has nothing on the Killing Fields outside of Phnom Penh. Not a big place doesn't take long to go through and see everything here. Still the Wat was an actual Killing Field site many people were butchered here by the KR.

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