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." Make Choeung Ek Genocidal Center a part of your Phnom Penh vacation plans using our Phnom Penh trip itinerary maker site .
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  • Although very thought provoking this place must be visited. Very informative, we learned a tremendous amount.  more »
  • Very interesting visit here. Paid to have an audio guide which was a necessity. Lots of places to sit and listen in the shade as you walk round. Clearly signposted and the audio guides were very infor...  more »
  • The Cambodian genocide has left it's shadow on this entire country. To understand what the people have endured and what they have overcome, honor those affected by this tragedy by visiting Choeung Ek....  more »
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  • Wow. I'm freshly back in my rented condo after spending the morning at Choeung Ek and am still processing the experience. We, as a species, suck. This memorial is well done. It's physically smaller than I was expecting, but much more of an emotional commitment than I was prepared for. Still, it's a must-see. Get the free audio guide and take your time. We arrived just after they opened (used Grab and spent ~$9 on the trip, plus the driver waited nearly four hours for us and brought us back for the same price) and were thankful. Not long after that, tour vans show up. Even so, it's a quiet and somber place, so even large-ish crowds don't diminish the experience. Be sure to tour the small "museum" and watch the video. You'll quickly ignore the cheesy effects and low production quality and soak in more of the terrible things that happened here.
  • One of the most memorable experiences in my life. The audio tour really helps explain the horrors that happened here only 40 years ago. I absolutely would recommend it. It’s very heavy and emotional but very worth it.
  • A place worth visiting though it's a little bit far from center town. It allows us to contemplate the meaning of life and how we should respect and love each other. The vocal tour is excellent designed which you can deeply know the history there and vividly go back to the near period. If you come to capital and want to know more about this country, you should come here with hesitation but remember to bring respect. Meanwhile, you can walk around the beautiful lake and stop for a while to listen the stories. I do believe it may change the way you face your life. You will more cherish it and find more value to make it more meaning than before.
  • The darkest genocidal part of Cambodian history told and exposed with great reverence towards the victims. The tour consists of 18 stops where, with the help of audiotour guide, the inner workings of the killing process are described. Visitor also learns about the history before and after the Khmer Rouge genocide. The narration is sufficiently detailed, but not overwhelming. There are also very moving survivors accounts. The whole tour plus a visit to a small museum on the premises takes about 60-90 minutes. Many languages available.
  • A very difficult but important place to visit. The audio guides are really well done and let you learn about a very emotionally heavy history at your own pace.
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