The Killing Field (Choeung Ek Genocidal Center)

vietnam, cambodia and laos 11th solo backpacking tour
august 24 - september 1, 2011 wednesday to thursday


objective: to visit the best tourist spot that fits to my budget at limited amount of time.
additional tasks: lost half of my pocket-money in day 1... show must go on for the planned itinerary no matter how it takes

phnom penh city solo half-day tour

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i rented motodup for $7 on 3 agreed landmarks only, i prefer to do the remaining destinations just by walking only. we arrived in the killing field around 0800H. there is an entrance fee of $2 and it opens from 0700H to 1700H, documentary film showing starts at 0900H and lasts for about 15 mins.

the killing field (choeung ek genocidal center)

the killing field (choeung ek genocidal center)

the killing field (choeung ek genocidal center)

The Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979, in which an estimated 1.7 million people lost their lives (approximately 21% of the country's population), was one of the worst human tragedies of the last century. The Khmer Rouge, headed by Pol Pot, combined extremist ideology, ethnic animosity, and a disregard for human life to carry murder on a massive scale.

the killing field (choeung ek genocidal center)

the killing field (choeung ek genocidal center)

The Khmer Rouge acted like savage animals with no conscience as they preyed upon the innocent and naive citizens. The Khmer Rouge had turned the peaceful and beautiful Cheung Ek village into the infamous and miserable killing fields.  The Pol Pot regime slaughtered people in the thousands without mercy and buried them in mass graves. No matter how much visitors have read or been told about the Khmer Rouge brutality and the number of people killed all visitors shall understand the full process of how the tens of thousands prisoners were executed here.

the killing field (choeung ek genocidal center)

the killing field (choeung ek genocidal center)

the killing field (choeung ek genocidal center)


tuol sleng genocide museum (S-21)
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much of thanks for visiting the viewing deck ^_^

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