Cambodia is sadly synonymous with war and the use of landmines, although the global image of this magnificent country is thankfully changing there are some museums in Siem Reap where you can find out about Cambodia’s very tragic past.
The Cambodia Landmine Museum is located around 25 km north of Siem Reap and houses an impressive but humbling collection of both landmines and UXO that have been cleared from the Cambodian countryside in post Khmer Rouge years.
Founded by Aki Ra a former Khmer Rouge child soldier and defector, Aki Ra has devoted his life to clearing Cambodia of mines. The museum is testament to his commitment to help his fellow countrymen and woman live in a safer environment.
There are 4 major galleries inside each one packed full of history and interesting historical and personal insight and imagery into Cambodia’s darker past.
Behind the museum is the Child Relief Center where the museums entrance fees and donations are used to help children whose lives have been affected by the horrific legacy of landmines in Cambodia.