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Wat Thmey (Killing Fields)

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Address: Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Difficult to find initially as it didn't come up on google maps had to ask directions but in the end it was quite straight forward. Wat Themi is a fairly small site, there are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Difficult to find initially as it didn't come up on google maps had to ask directions but in the end it was quite straight forward. Wat Themi is a fairly small site, there are some stupas, 2 temples and some Buddhas. The centre point is a shrine filled with skulls and bones. There are notice boards around the site that... More 

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Thank Linda K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is not a big tourist stop, but should be. This is the most incredible genocide in our lifetime and it is little known and the perpetrators are still walking around. Reports vary, but many people believe as much as 3 million people or one third of the population was killed by the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would strongly recommend the audio tour. Take your time, listen to the stories. It is very shocking and sad, but a big part of their history and present. I think it makes you look at things from a different perspective.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The whole visit is very moving. The place is silent as everyone is on audio which comes free with entrance. Despite the awful tragedies that took place here there is a calmness about the location. Butterflies are everywhere as if a constant reminder of how fragile life is .

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a surprise to us in bad state of repair,but work is on going to improve it.a lot of history and still being upgraded.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not too far from town center. A very simple display of what was the killing fields of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge regime. It's basically a skull and bones display in a small pagoda and some write ups of historical information on boards. Do not expect a museum or an actual field. A good place to reflect on the despair... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This really took my breath away. Walking through these fields, with a headset, you truly learn of all the atrocities that were committed here. You continually walk over bone and rags from where people were buried in shallow graves. There is a huge monument in the centre of the fields filled with the skulls of the deceased. It is utterly,... More 

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