Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Day Events – Choeung Ek Genocide Center

The Choeung Ek Genocide Center is located about 17 km south of Phnom Penh, and is the site of a former orchard and Chinese graveyard which is the best-known of the sites known as the Killing Fields.

Killing Field Memorial

Here, the Khmer Rouge regime executed about 17,000 people between 1975 and 1979. Mass graves containing 8,895 bodies were discovered at Choeung Ek after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Human bones displayed on a chopping block

Many of the dead were former inmates in the Tuol Sleng prison. Today, Choeung Ek is a memorial, marked by a Buddhist stupa that is filled with skulls of the victims.

Only a few of the mass number of skulls located in the Memorial

It was a very somber but educational experience. At first, I was not exactly excited about going, and even when I was there it felt strange staring at piles of human skulls and peering into pits that were used to throw human; however, in the end, I am glad that I had the experience because it helped me to better understand the culture and history of Cambodia.

A sign of life and hope


Juhi said...

taking a look at those skulls must have taken some courage...! great post

Juhi said...

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Barlow Putz said...

ashley, when i was in verdun france at their ossuaries, they had heads stacked in one building, leftarms in another building, right arms in a third building...how is max doing in all this travel????thanks for your chirstmas message, i knew you would be on your travels by this time in 08...

Momo & Pinot said...

I've watched this place on the TV but visiting there must be an extraordinary experience. Thank you for posting this.

Momo & Pinot's sissy, a little kitty Momo's SS(Secretary/Slave) visited Cambodia lately. Momo is a very very sweet kitty. You might want to visit her and say hi. :)


Momo & Pinot's mom

backpakker said...

I admire your courage ..I dont think I would have the guts to see that and then sleep after that..but its true what you say..this helps understand the history better