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“Tragic Cambodian History explained and presented in a respectful manner”

Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
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Half-Day Tuol Sleng Museum and Cheung Ek Killing Fields
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Owner description: These were the execution grounds for the Khmer Rouge.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Tragic Cambodian History explained and presented in a respectful manner”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

I have no words for the killing fields, really.
You walk throughout the fields which are lush and green and silent. The audio cassette gives you a very moving and realistic insight and understanding into the horrific and unimaginable events that unfolded here.
Around 129 mass graves were uncovered here, and what seem like endless pits in the earth are frightening to see, along with the horrific facts that are explained about specific marked graves.
There are bones, teeth and cloth in the ground in some areas, which become visible during rains when the soil moves, and yes, you do have to watch wear you step, but you are given warning about this, and I still felt that it was all managed in an extremely respectful manner.
There is a museum you can look in, and you can pay your respects at the memorial stupa, where 17 levels of bones have been housed.
Although this is a very difficult place to visit, and the stories and truths you hear are unimaginable and heart-breaking, I felt it was important to go there and understand what happened here in Cambodia. What I learned was very important; I was able to pay respects to those who had passed and I walked away with a different perspective.
Perhaps a positive I can take away from this visit, was to come back into Phnom Penh and see the hardy smiling faces of the beautiful Cambodians, who have risen from such pain and suffering.

Visited February 2012
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Kansas City, Missouri
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“Sobering experience”
Reviewed 23 February 2012

Must see for anyone traveling through Cambodia to get a real feel for the effect of this event on this culture. The exhibit is pretty primitive but there are headphones that walk you through the area and provide a lot of background information and explain various areas well. One of my favorite stops in Cambodia. Need to see the S21 prison before you venture on to this attraction. Thousands of Cambodians were executed on this property and thrown into pits and buried. Bits of bone and clothing rose to the surface eventually. There are still bits of bone and clothing rising to the surface and collected about once a month.

Visited February 2012
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Nanaimo, Canada
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“Sad part of Cambodian history tastefully done”
Reviewed 23 February 2012

I expected the whole experience to be much more detailed with horiffic graphics and shocking piles of bones. It was not. The skeleton bones are there but they are mostly encased. The chroniciles of the genocidal is done with a audio tour done at your own pace. It was extremely informative and very very touching. How can one visit Cambodia without paying respect to the 1.7 million people who parrished under Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge? Never forget!

Visited February 2012
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South Florida, Florida
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“Commercialization of a tragic place/event.”
Reviewed 22 February 2012

This is where the prisoners were taken from Prison S-21 to be killed and buried. Bones, teeth and clothes still rise from the ground after heavy rains as the site is completely filled with human remains from the 1970s. It's a somber place to visit with the collections of skulls and other grisly remnants of the killing that took place. The audio tour is a must and is professionally done. That said, one can't help but think they have commercialized a place where genocide took place. There is a souvenir shop, restaurant, $5 entry fee, requisite insense sellers, etc. The site is run by a for-profit foreign company, with part of the funds apparently pocketed by wealthy Cambodian shareholders....

Visited February 2012
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

go and learn, sad but necessary. recommend to go

Visited December 2011
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