The Killing Fields: Choeung Ek Genocidal Center in Cambodia

Located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, “The Killing Fields” or the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center is a gruesome reminder of the evils of the Khmer Rouge regime that ruled the Southeast Asian country from 1975 to 1979.

There are many “killing fields” in Cambodia, but the most well-known is Choeung Ek.

According to the admission ticket to the center, “about 20,000 people including foreigners were executed and murdered” in Choeung Ek.

The ticket further states that “in order to remember the spirits of victims at the site… as well as over 3 million victims throughout the country, a Memorial Charnel was built in the center in 1988.”

The Memorial Charnel contains thousands of skulls of the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime.

The Memorial Charnel dominates the center
The Memorial Charnel dominates the center

There are also signs all over the center that describe the cruelty of Pol Pot’s reign in Cambodia.
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