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“A very somber place. Leave your camera and bring tissue instead. Well presented with head phones for a self-guided tour.”

Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
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Owner description: These were the execution grounds for the Khmer Rouge.
Reviewed May 3, 2014

Read up on the history Before you go there. I had heard stories from Cambodian families at home many years before but was still amazed at what was done here and the crimes to humanity.

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Reviewed May 2, 2014

This place is 15 kms from the city. We took a tuk tuk which was a mistake. The roads are bad and you will face lot of smoke and dust on the way. So, definitely take a cab.

A visit to the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and the Killing Fields was a deeply moving experience... This serves as a testament to the crimes of the Khmer Rouge. The Khmer Rouge regime arrested and eventually executed almost everyone suspected of connections with the former government or with foreign governments, as well as professionals and intellectuals. A UN investigation reported 2–3 million dead, while UNICEF estimated 3 million had been killed. As a result, Pol Pot is sometimes described as "the Hitler of Cambodia" and "a genocidal tyrant."
Martin Shaw described the Cambodian genocide as "the purest genocide of the Cold War era."

Between the years 1975 and 1978 more than 17,000 men, women and children who had been detained and tortured at S-21 prison were taken to the extermination camp at Choeung Ek. Today, Choeung Ek is a memorial, marked by a Buddhist stupa. The stupa has acrylic glass sides and is filled with more than 5,000 human skulls. Apart from the stupa, there are pits from which the bodies were exhumed. Human bones still litter the site.

You have to experience this place yourself and find out more about the darker side of human kind. This is a brutal reminder of the pain of Cambodia's past. Take the audio tour and listen to each and every part of it including the sub sections and music. Do not miss the video presentation which happens at regular intervals. While walking through the Killing Fields find a corner bench or place under the tree and soak in the experience and imagine the kind of horrors that unfolded here less than 3 decades ago. And pray for the departed souls.

Thank ashimprabhakar
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Reviewed May 2, 2014

The events that took place here should never be forgotten and although the audio tape that guides you around this site is very good, I for one think its disgusting that the private company which runs this site is cashing in on one of Cambodia's saddest moments of history!

1  Thank Glahamuk
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Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

Put the atrocious activities that took place here one side
The site is definitely the best ito info clarity of audio I have come across
One walks around the site with clear info and as such you know exactly what it's all about the curators of this site really need to help out at the toul sleng curators

I just loved walking sitting listening to the audio in a well preserved non tacky quite enviro
Well done curator !!!

Thank fredh630
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Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

A very confronting & poignant place, which is a must-see for any visitor to this beautiful country. More peaceful than Toul Sleng, in part due to the tone set by listening to the really excellent audiotape that guides you around the area. For anyone traveling with kids: our 14 & 11 yr olds chose to come with us &, like us, found it incredibly sad. (They chose not to visit Toul Sleng) We'd planned they could opt out at any time, but they coped really well, were keen to learn more & completed the full tour. They had lots of questions which, for the most part, were answered by listening to the extra optional sections of the audiotape. There were lots of shady spots where we could sit, reflect & talk; our little group took longer than most but we felt it important to let the kids set the pace. It worked for us but acknowledge its a very individual decision, given it's such an emotive place.

Thank Jane M
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