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Choeung Ek Genocidal Center / Killing Field, Phnom Penh
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Choeung Ek Genocidal Center / Killing Field 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 / Killing Field and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Phnom Penh trip itinerary maker.
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  • Go for the audio tour as this will allow you to explore the site at your own pace and digest the gravity of the atrocities committed here. The site itself is quite a drive out of the city centre, and ...  more »
  • It was a place you don't want to miss. The audio really helps to understand what had happened. Since it was an open air area, it will be better to have an umbrella or a hat since it is hot. 
  • This is a visit that will stay with you forever. I visited here in 1999 before the site became commercialized. The new signs and audio accounts are interesting but the commercialization has removed th...  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.