Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, Phnom Penh

Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
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These were the execution grounds for the Khmer Rouge.
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Devid Sophornprak
Phnom Penh, Cambodia58 contributions
Short visited with group of student
Mar. 2021 • Family
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
Written 9 March 2021
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JayRae1
Glasgow, UK1,543 contributions
Harrowing, but worth the visit
Mar. 2020
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 my camera with me but, once inside, I felt it would be disrespectful to take photos in such a place. Others did take photos, but that is a matter for their own conscience.

In spite of what I write here, I would recommend that anyone visiting the area should include a tour of Choeung Ek.
Written 4 February 2021
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MarkWaters79
England, UK169 contributions
Worth the visit....
Dec. 2020 • Solo
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 kept...but I don’t know if that was due to lack of tourists due to Covid.

Obviously it’s not really a place to take photos/selfies. You’ll walk away silently.
Written 1 December 2020
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Sherpa591575
Phnom Penh, Cambodia147 contributions
My visit to the Killing Fields, Phnom Penh
Jan. 2020
The Killing Fields at Choeung Ek, Phnom Penh
Overcast skies greet me today but this seems in-keeping with the place I’m about to visit. My trusty driver is ready & we set off at 10am for the hour or so 15km drive to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. The distinctive stupa comes into view as we arrive.
My first visit here was in November 2003 and I can’t remember for sure, but I think looks much the same, apart from what appears to be some remodeling of the area & gardens in particular.
At the main gate I pay the entrance fee which includes an optional audio kit. I make my way to the small museum, photograph the sign at the entrance & go in. I read with much horror, the signs telling the story of Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, & how babies were murdered by smashing them against a tree. Outside, I photograph the signs detailing the Truck Stop, Detention Room, Executioners Office & Chemical Storage facility. Onward now to the stupa, constructed in 1988, where so many skulls & bones are housed & carefully preserved. I take more photos & note the mood amongst visitors is predictably somber.
I decide to sit down & ponder over what I’ve seen & read & try to relate it to S21 & imagine what it might have looked like here. Trucks arriving from S21 full of terrified prisoners of all ages about to be killed by equally terrified conscripts wielding axes, wooden staves & all manner of rudimentary farming implements. The mercilessly bludgeoned & battered bodies lying on the bloodstained earth telling their own story...
I recommend visiting S21Toul Sleng Genocide Museum & then the Killing Fields. There is an entry charge for each place plus an optional audio headphones tour, available in many languages, which will guide you through the different sections, describing exhibits & of course you can go at your own pace. Before you leave, you may wish to sit in the gardens in quiet reflection. Others may wish to retrace their steps to review what they have seen and consider the affect it has had on them.
Visitors, please respect all those here, by dressing & acting in a dignified manner
Written 9 October 2020
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MarkdHughes
Bangkok, Thailand48 contributions
Another Khmer Rouge atrocity site
Jul. 2020
That photo is a building with hundreds of skulls of the innocent murdered by the genocidal Khmer Rouge. There is even a tree in the grounds against which babies' heads were swung to kill them. At least now Cambodia, poor as it is, is escaping its dreadful past.
Written 28 August 2020
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bhodgkinson
Preston, UK244 contributions
Heartbreaking but a must visit
Aug. 2019 • Solo
Complete an audioguided tour of the Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre. It is a harrowing experience, but important to learn about the atrocities committed here and the other genocidal centres across Cambodia.
Written 20 June 2020
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Becca0493
Aintree, UK66 contributions
Extremely important but very harrowing
Jan. 2020
I don't really want to have to rate this place again how can you rate a place that details an important and extremely sad and upsetting part of history.

I think this place is extremely important to visit and anybody visiting the country or area should look to go here.

Once you have purchased your ticket and headset you can begin the walk around and each area is explained in detail. I found all of it extremely upsetting as it is hard to get your head around the fact that something like this was able to happen and not that long ago either. The horrific stories that are told about everyone including what happened to the children in babies is beyond belief and extremely upsetting and sad.

I would advise to take your time to reflect upon going around but definitely advise to come here to learn about an important part of history
Written 19 June 2020
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V. Bobb
Merritt Island, FL22 contributions
It was so heartbreaking to see but necessary for understanding.
Dec. 2019
This is a site you must visit when in Cambodia to understand the history of the people here. It is hard to take in, but is done well so you aren't overwhelmed.
Written 14 June 2020
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Mikel Ryan
2 contributions
Very sad but definitely a must see
Dec. 2019
Being on the grounds and actually seeing, reading, and hearing everything about it will really give you a different perspective.

It's incredibly sad, but it's certainly one of the most eye opening experiences that I've had while traveling.

Be sure to get the audio as it gives a lot of good information and stories from survivors and family members.

Highly recommend.
Written 31 May 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada3,896 contributions
must see but very disturbing
Dec. 2019
We went on a guided tour of the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center. The entrance fee was about $6usd per adult. (did not include the guide). You can rent a head set that will guide you threw the site.

This was a real eyeopening and very sad day. Lots of horrible history and detailed stories were shared from our guide. It is not a very large place. Between 1975-1978, over 20,000 men, women and children who were tortured at S21 prison were transported to this extermination camp.They show the gravesites were many bodies found. You can see the clothes of the victims still in the ground. They have a 17 story building that you can tightly squeeze through to see all the skulls, bones, clothes and weapons that were found on site.

It took us about 45min- 1 hour to walk around.
Written 24 May 2020
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