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Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, Phnom Penh

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Choeung Ek Genocidal Center commemorates the approximately 17,000 men, women, and children murdered on this former orchard between 1975 and 1979. Under the brutal leadership of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime, citizens accused of illegal activities were tortured in the infamous S-21 prison and then brought to these fields for execution and burial in mass graves. Many of the graves have not been exhumed, and bone fragments and pieces of cloth still litter the grounds. Today, a Buddhist stupa made of clear plexiglass contains about 5,000 skulls, around which visitors pay respect to the lives lost in these "Killing Fields." Plan your visit to Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Phnom Penh trip itinerary maker.
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  • Of course a visit essential. It is worth to pay for audio, as without it, it is absurd to walk through there without having any idea of the complete history of the place. Chilling at times, to be able to see how overlook still bones and clothes of the victims of the extermination...
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  • it is truly amazing what kinds of atrocities people can commit and this place shows what the past was like. great audio tour, somber mood, we did this after s21 and after that we just went and relaxed...  more »
  • The horror and the reflection of what can the "beast" men are such that it is hard to walk into this place and not get shocked. Brave the Cambodians who have decided not to hide this hideous and cruel stage of their history and bring us tourists ... for this to not happen again more
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  • Nobody should never forget what pol pot (not an human being) did to his people. All of us are guilty as united nations kept him sat to represent Cambodia for more than 12 years. Shame on us too. We all hope that all these innocent people will rest in peace and pol pot will burn deeply in hell for ever and ever together with all khmer rouge who committed such atrocities
  • Very impressive: clothes, sandals and human bones/teeth are constantly appearing on the ground surface... please handle with care and respect
  • Menyedihkan. Teringat film 'The Killing Field'(1984). Because of that, Whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors. (5.32)
  • Shoking experience, but it deserve to be done to understand the madness of Pol Pot and his project. Reccomended audioguides, available in several languages, that work really well. 6$ entrance with audioguide, 3$ without. No student discount,
  • Extremely difficult and emotional experience. If you only do one thing in Phnom Penh it has to be this. I would recommend to anyone who is not a native English speaker but has a good understanding of the language to do the audio tour in English as it is much better explained than in some other languages. I also highly recommend listening to the extra stories on the guide and walking around the lake.