Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, Phnom Penh

4.6
#1 of 10 in Historic Sites in Phnom Penh
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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  • Outstanding, Sad, Respectful, Sad, Mans Inhumanity to man, Sad!! I could go on! The one place on our tour that I did not take a photo. It did not feel right! A place to visit, but you just cannot....  more »
  • A must visit place in Phnom Penh to fully appreciate the devastation experienced under the Pol Pot regime. A confronting but informative morning, our hearts were breaking for the people of Cambodia...  more »
  • This is an incredibly upsetting spot, as is the museum at S21, but I think it’s very important to understanding Cambodia and the horror of its Holocaust. Just go and you will see.  more »
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  • Was on off 2 reasons I came to this city. Very difficult to walk through mentally, but physically it's a very short course. Found it easier to just sit in shade and listen to a few audio clips first, then walk circular course. The least expensive bus with guide and AC was the Hop on and off bus located off of Trip Advisor for some reason.
  • It is very interesting to listen to the audio guide, which provides a lot of information. If you have time, you should do it. If you have less time, you should prefer S21.
  • A very sombre experience that highlights what happened during the genocide in Cambodia. The audio guide was very moving and tells stories at various spots along the walking path. An especially moving and sad story was at the tree next to a mass grave, where they used to smash the skull of babies into the trees while their mothers watch, only for them to be killed right after. It was horrific but also eye-opening to hear about the atrocities fellow human beings could do to each other and to appreciate our own lives much more. Be very respectful, dress appropriately, and try to keep volume levels to a minimum
  • A sombre experience. In Muslim Religious book it is said by Lord that “we certainly have created humankind in the best of stature. Then we return him to the lowest of the low”. Here we have found what the lowest of the low can mean. Things that people can do to one another! We really loved how they preserved the things and how they have presented it to the whole world. History is a great teacher, only if we learn. We took the audio tour. The audio is of superb quality. And the storytelling awesome. We cried and prayed: Lord, never again.
  • A must visit when in Phnom Penh, I got very emotional and mad that my people received high education domestic and abroad, and come back to kill our own people. I hope that knowledge thru education is use to better and advance our human civilization, instead of destruction. I park near the back entrance asking the Resturant to the left, she was nice to let me know there, after I came back I just purchase some napkin from her for my wife to use for the restroom anyway, so it a plus plus. Anyway I highly recommend to visit this site.
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