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The Killing Fields (Cheoung Ek)

Phnom Penh tourist attractions don’t come with more infamy and sadness attached than the The Killing Fields (Cheoung Ek). The Cheoung Ek site is one of the more well known of multiple sites in Cambodia housing mass graves of victims of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime.

It’s estimated that between the years 1975 – 1979 the Khmer Rouge executed over 1 million people.  There are many excavated & un-excavated sites here, with a central memorial to the victims and small museum.

You can purchase a head set which will provide details in any language about the brutality that took place here. Next to the small museum there is a room showing film footage on the brutality that took place here.

This is a place of the utmost respect, make sure you dress appropriately and consider Cambodian culture at all times.

The Your Cambodia team consider this an important experience on the tourist or even ex pat itinerary of Cambodia as to understand some of the darker history of this beautiful country will help you to understand how and why the country has developed to what we see today. 

For more information on the history of the Cheoung Ek site please follow the link here.

 

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