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Choeung Ek

Listed under Tombs & Memorials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Choeung Ek was one of the Khmer Rouge’s Killing Fields. This spot, once an orchard, just south of Phnom Penh witnessed the execution and mass burial of around 9,000 people between 1975 and 79. The grim memorials are a clear Perspex Buddhist temple containing more than 5,000 recovered skulls, the empty pits where the bodies were found where you can still find bits and pieces of human bone and the Chankiri Trees which small children were mashed against until they died. You might think that the Cambodian people would want to keep people away from this place but the government encourages visitors. I guess they want people to know what happened.

Written by  Gerald Foe.

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The dirt road to the killing fields is nothing short of a hellish ride to the nightmare unleashed by the Khmer Rouge. It was worth seeing but not for the faint of heart. I found it very disturbing. It was important to me to see and know first hand what happened there. It was worth going just to show respect and honor the victims. If you go be prepared to cry. When you walk through the mass graves you can still see the clothing on the victims remains.

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Sounds like an experience worth having despite the seriousness of it and the associated tears. Thank you for sharing with us.

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