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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  • Visit the death camps gives me a feeling of stark contrast between the frenzy of pain lived in other times by thousands of innocents condemned to extermination and stillness that cloaks the cemetery, now a place of memory. A sense of apparent tranquility pervades the place, but it's as if he senses the presence of the souls still looking for a reason to explain the killing spree and utopian of Pol Pot. The visitor cannot fail to hear the cries and gasps drowned out quickly by machete or stick. This place embodies the sense of the uselessness of the sacrifice of more than 3 million people whose death was not related to the creation of a "peasant", made by men reduced to animal condition. Khmer tradition and culture of this great civilization were an obstacle to the proponent of the Socialist state, an unsettling vision aberrant Alchemy of Maoist and Stalinist communism. Pol Pot believed human emotions and intelligence a threat for his project. In the field is buried the class learned of Cambodia: teachers, professionals, intellectuals and specialists from every discipline. To administer death were delegated teenagers recruited in rural, illiterate and young enough to facilitate indoctrination. These guys, who today writer's age (50/60 years), still in their blood and the horror of that season, in any way, have it sent to their families. Pol Pot, choosing among boys his disciples-soldiers, has so contaminated generations with the ideology of the need to physically eliminate real or alleged opponents. I wonder how young Cambodians nowadays live in our times; I have not had a chance to listen to them and their proverbial confidentiality, typical of the inhabitants of Indochina, makes it even more inscrutable their thinking about what happened. While visiting the sadness or anger are painted on the faces of tourists who trample the killing fields; and it is unusual to read such feelings in expressions of a group of tourists. Dead souls take us visitors, forcing us to think, and our thoughts turn to what happened in Europe at the time of Nazism and fascism, but also the tragedies of Rwanda, of Armenia, and in these days of Myanmar with the ethnic minority of Rohingyas. The dead of Pol Pot appear to cry silently to our every step. Must visit this place. Excellent audioguide in Italian language.
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  • Affected site where unexplained atrocities have occurred. The audio guide allows the entire trail with explanations and testimonies very touching. In the capital you can not miss this stage, only advice, to see before the Museum of genocide.
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  • Prior to our moving visit to this must-see site in Phnom Penh, we had viewed the movie The Killing Fields, so we had some historical perspective on those five horrible years in the late 1970swhen Pol ...  more »

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