The Killing Fields

The Killing Fields

It was only in the 1970s that Cambodia was under the horrific rule of the Khmer Rouge, a regime that murdered over a million people. The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek is just one of the places that you can visit that will help you get to grips with this tragic past, and while upsetting it is also incredibly poignant. Surrounded by farmland and remarkable peaceful, Choeung Ek, just outside of Phnom Penh is the location of a mass grave for an estimated 20,000 people. Take a moment to reflect at the memorial stupa. Back in Phnom Penh itself, the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide went from high school to torture camp, prison and execution centre for those deemed opponents of the revolution – many of the prisoners here were taken to Choeung Ek to be executed.

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Five Facts About the Killing Fields

There are 129 communal graves around the Choeung Ek site; 43 of them have been left undisturbed

It is thought 17,000 men, women and children were transported to the extermination camp here

The Memorial Stupa here was erected in 1988 and contains over 8,000 skulls

A memorial ceremony is held here every year on the 9th May

Choeung Ek is one of thousands of ‘killing fields’ all across Cambodia

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