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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  • We went there with a group of student to see and visit some of history over there, many people came to visit it everyday Should come early morning to spend more time here, highly recommended  more »
  • Visiting Choeung Ek is not a warm experience but, like most such places, it is essential if you want to understand what happened in Cambodia during the time of the Pol Pot regime. I foolishly took...  more »
  • It’s about 13kms South of the main centre. $3 entry. There a couple of shops close for water/drinks etc. It’s a small area. Easy to walk around. An hour is fine, 90mins max. It’s not really well...  more »
  • Don't come here with a tour; download grab and get a tuktuk for $5, then $6 entrance fee with one of the best audio guides I've ever had. Very impressive; many places to walk around and sit to listen to the stories. 1-2 hours depending on how thorough you are.
  • Worth the trip. Eye-opening and educational for us. There is an audio-tour that is included in the price of admission which has loads of information and personal stories. Not a feel-good place, but we are glad we went.
  • I don’t know if this the worst place I have been or the best. It was so incredibly sad and a great reminder for future generations what hate brings to the world. If you visit, make sure you get the tape to guide you around to the various stations.
  • Definitely worth a visit to understand the pain suffered by the Cambodian people in the strange, horrible years under Pol Pot. Audio guide was great and informative. To those visiting please dress respectfully. As you would at any place of rest (eg. A cemetery, Auschwitz, etc). It can be very hot but try to keep knees and shoulders covered out of respect. Same to those visiting S-21.
  • Sad place to visit, but definitely recommended. Plan at least 2h, you receive an audio guide in the 6$ ticket and there are some stories of survivors. Dress appropriately (no short skirts, naked shoulders).

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