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“It was emotional”

Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
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Half-Day Tuol Sleng Museum and Cheung Ek Killing Fields
Ranked #1 of 134 things to do in Phnom Penh
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Owner description: These were the execution grounds for the Khmer Rouge.
Reviewed November 3, 2012

I think I probably cried my way around, which sounds morbid but isn't, as these people deserve to be remembered and respected - both the living and the dead. Go and question how this could have happened so recently. Incredibly moving, informative and a tasteful memorial to those who perished.

1  Thank swampduckgy
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

I got to know hideous Cambodian history here.
It's very cruel but at the same time it's what we have to know living a life.
Never repeat those things, and recognizing again how happy we are.

Thank King8Tokyo
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

The memorial at Choeung Ek portrays the darkest part or Cambodia's history with an appropriate measure of reality and dignity. The audio guide, included in the entrance fee, explains what happened at Choeng Ek but also provides the historical context and personal stories from survivors of the Khmer Rouge Era. The museum is small but clearly laid out and helps to further understand what's shown on the tour.

I feel uncomfortable thinking of Choeng Ek as a 'tourist attraction' and I found the visit disturbing. Nonetheless, if you want to understand what Cambodia has been through in very recent history you absolutely have to go.

1  Thank Matthew R
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

A very peaceful and beautiful orchard with a disturbing history as the site of some of the mass killings of Pol Pot's rule. The entry fee includes an audio tape guide which has insights into the events which unfolded here as well as witness testimonies of both prisoners and soldiers. A disturbing but unmissable insight into Cambodian recent history.

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Reviewed November 2, 2012

I am a sensitive person and was shattered by visiting the killing fields. This is not for everyone but is recommended if you can gather the courage. It truly brings home the horror that was Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

Thank KenGAtOz
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