Choeung Ek Killing Fields        Choeung Ek Killing Fields

Choeung Ek Killing Fields        Choeung Ek Killing Fields

Prior to 1975 Choeung Ek, south west of Phnom Penh was a Chinese Cemetery and orchard.

This 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 Cambodia.

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.
 

Choeung Ek Killing Fields        Choeung Ek Killing Fields

Choeung Ek Killing Fields        Choeung Ek Killing Fields
 

After 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 execution.

There are many, many mass graves and a memorial stupa containing thousands of cracked skulls of men, women and children exhumed from 129 mass graves. It is estimated that around 40,000 Cambodians were murdered at Choeung Ek between 1975-1978.

Choeung Ek Killing Fields        Choeung Ek Killing Fields

Choeung Ek Killing Fields        Choeung Ek Killing Fields
 

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.

Choeung Ek Killing Fields - Mass Graves       Choeung Ek Killing Fields  
 

The 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 entry fee.

Opening Hours
7.30am - 5.30pm
Entry Fee: $6

Choeung Ek is16 kilometers Southwest of Phnom Penh.

 

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