Prior to 1975 Choeung
Ek, south west of Phnom Penh was a Chinese Cemetery and orchard.
is such a sad place yet at the same time a beautiful place, very
peaceful and serene. Itís hard to understand the horrors that took place here and to think
this is just one of many thousands of Killing Fields throughout
Khmer people want everyone to
remember what happened in Cambodia and many of them visit
Choeung Ek as they believe this to be the final
resting place for many of their relatives.
the victims were tortured and interrogated at Toul Sleng
Security Prison 21, the Khmer Rouge then sent them to the Choeung Ek Killing Fields, located 16 kilometers from Phnom Penh for
are many, many mass graves and a memorial stupa containing
thousands of cracked skulls of men, women and children exhumed
from 129 mass graves.
estimated that around 40,000 Cambodians were murdered at Choeung Ek between 1975-1978.
You do not see this
amount of clothing or bones etc in the ground anymore as they
are now collected and stored for safe keeping.
site can be very disturbing and not recommended for those who
are shocked easily.
We have been back
again recently to Choeung Ek Killing Fields and things have
changed a lot since my first visit. The place has been
opened up a lot more, it is very well maintained and there is
now a lot more information posted around the Killing Fields.
The audio tapes are an excellent addition and come with the $6
7.30am - 5.30pm
Entry Fee: $6
Choeung Ek is16 kilometers Southwest of Phnom Penh.