The killing fields of Choeung Ek are about 17 km south of Phnom Penh, 40 min by taxi or moto or tuktuk. The trip by moto or tuk tuk is about $10 roundtrip, including waiting time at the fields.
This former chinese cementery, is where the Khmer Rouge killed many thousands of their victims during their four-year reign of terror. Today the site is marked by a Buddhist stupa packed full with over 8,000 human skulls – the sides are made of glass so the visitors can see them up close. There are also pits in the area where mass graves were unearthed, with ominous scraps of clothing still to be found here and there. It is a serene yet somber place. Regularly throughout the day, a small museum screens a documentary with gruesome video images of human remains that were unearthed when the mass graves were found in 1979. Recommended to visit after learning more about the Khmer Rouge terror at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, however, like the Genocide Museum, this place is not for the squeamish.
As millions were killed during the traumatic genocidal regime of Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge, as a sign of respect we recommend you to wear respectable clothing such as long trousers with sleeved shirts or tops. Flowers and incense can be bought in front of the stupa. In 2005 the memorial site was sold to a private company.
A tuk tuk to the site should cost about $9-$11 USD roundtrip, including stopping at the Genocide Museum on the way and waiting for you at both places. Admission cost of $6 USD includes a very good audio tour, with a choice of several languages.
This is a place you cannot miss as a human being.
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