The Killing Fields is located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh at the Choeung Ek, Dangkor District.
- The trip to the Killing Fields IS BEST done when coupled with the trip to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. It’s just incomplete if you forego either.
- Hire a tuktuk to take you to the Killing Fields first; let him wait for you; then let him take you to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum next.
Looking at the skulls and clothes of those thousands of innocents tortured mindlessly during the Khmer Rouge regime left me teary-eyed. Their barbaric and evil regime from 1975-1979 left approximately 2 million deaths; not only of Cambodians, but other nationalities from Australia, USA, New Zealand and Canada as well who they think poses a threat (because of their education or status) to their twisted, unspeakably evil reign.
It’s almost unthinkable how these men can be so heartless and downright cold-blooded that they can smash babies onto a tree then throw them like a piece of waste in huge mass graves. And all these brutalities were executed in the name of social engineering; the Khmer Rouge detests the urban and rural elites and so they thought of “cleansing” the system for equality.
Reading on Cambodian history especially their torturous years in the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime left me loving the life that I have now. I could’ve been born in Cambodia that time but I wasn’t and that alone makes me entirely grateful to this life, which may not be great all the time but at least makes me hopeful that there is a shred of goodness in every one.
If you like to read more about Cambodian history, go to this link.