The Killing Fields (Khmer: វាលពិឃាត, Khmer pronunciation: [ʋiəl pikʰiət]) are a number of sites in Cambodia where collectively more than one million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime (the Communist Party of Kampuchea) during its rule of the country from 1975 to 1979, immediately after the end of the Cambodian Civil War (1970–1975). The mass killings are widely regarded as part of a broad state-sponsored genocide (the Cambodian genocide).
Analysis of 20,000 mass grave sites by the DC-Cam Mapping Program and Yale University indicates at least 1,386,734 victims of execution. Estimates of the total deaths resulting from Khmer Rouge policies, including death from disease and starvation, range from 1.7 to 2.5 million out of a 1975 population of roughly 8 million. In 1979, Vietnam invaded Democratic Kampuchea and toppled the Khmer Rouge regime, ending the genocide.
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張家豪 | Jan 14, 2018
A place worth visiting though it's a little bit far from center town. It allows us to contemplate the meaning of life and how we should respect and love each other. The vocal tour is excellent designed which you can deeply know the history there and vividly go back to the near period. If you come to capital and want to know more about this country, you should come here with hesitation but remember to bring respect. Meanwhile, you can walk around the beautiful lake and stop for a while to listen the stories. I do believe it may change the way you face your life. You will more cherish it and find more value to make it more meaning than before.
Claire Gover | Jan 27, 2018
Well worth the cycle there. Makes you appreciate life, the audio is brilliant and sets the scene, you can go at your own pace. Went to the museum after and the same emotional impact.
Oliver Tamtam | Feb 10, 2018
Killing field we know about this horrors of the Khmer Rouge in the mid seventies but they really come to life in this Killing Field that is now a memorial place. An audio tour guides you past the horror scenes. Everyone with a right mind should see this. It is a livinf memory of should never happen again. Very impressive.
Ganesh Kumar | Feb 27, 2018
Very sad to learn what Cambodians went through during Pol Pot regime. It's very difficult moment to see the mass graves and the surrounding that has kept its history. It's a good effort by government to educate the people of country on what it has inherited and it's a eye opener for tourists to be thankful for what they have.
Tín Trần Trung | Feb 20, 2018
Really nice historical places. 6$ per ticket including an audio which will tell you the story about each stage. The audio will in 15 different languages, depend on what language you use. 3$ per ticket not including the audio.
Evo Terra | Mar 18, 2018
Wow. I'm freshly back in my rented condo after spending the morning at Choeung Ek and am still processing the experience. We, as a species, suck. This memorial is well done. It's physically smaller than I was expecting, but much more of an emotional commitment than I was prepared for. Still, it's a must-see. Get the free audio guide and take your time. We arrived just after they opened (used Grab and spent ~$9 on the trip, plus the driver waited nearly four hours for us and brought us back for the same price) and were thankful. Not long after that, tour vans show up. Even so, it's a quiet and somber place, so even large-ish crowds don't diminish the experience. Be sure to tour the small "museum" and watch the video. You'll quickly ignore the cheesy effects and low production quality and soak in more of the terrible things that happened here.
Shannon Fernandez | Apr 3, 2018
A very difficult but important place to visit. The audio guides are really well done and let you learn about a very emotionally heavy history at your own pace.
Kareem Kharouba | Mar 12, 2018
Well it's a place worth checking out when you're in the region. But it's a horrible place. In sense of what used to be done there. Those genocide grounds have a lot of history to them and not an old one. So it's important for people to know about. Some of the mass graves haven't been even dug out yet. But it shows how strong Cambodians are
Vera Darmastuti | Mar 22, 2018
Prepare your heart. Set your bravery. This site initially was a chinese grave before Khmer Rouge put a new term of it. You will not only visit the tower where the skeletons of their victims are stored, but the museum will give you a sight about past times that no one of civilized people would never wish to see.
Dave W | Apr 28, 2018
Cambodia is so beautiful, this place really makes you think about what went on and how crazy and unbelievable the whole thing was, most of all how many people were killed. The tower with the trays of skulls the grassed over craters where the mass graves were, you can still see bits of material on the floor from the clothes they were wearing and an odd bone, then it suddenly dawns on you, that is not from a leg of lamb, its human. there are rooms with a communist feel, with film shows and photos showing some of the horror and tragedy that went on. it really makes you think how lucky you are.
Brendan Hickman | May 7, 2018
Amazing self guided visual and audio tour. Bones, clothing, and stories. Very sad and moving. Well worth the $5 entry fee.
Kimi Moore | Apr 14, 2018
One of the most memorable experiences in my life. The audio tour really helps explain the horrors that happened here only 40 years ago. I absolutely would recommend it. It’s very heavy and emotional but very worth it.
Jeremy Zornow | Apr 30, 2018
Beautiful, quiet outdoor museum and memorial site. The grounds are beautiful and well-kept, and the free audio guide is as good as any in-person tour I've ever taken. This is a must if you travel to Phnom Penh.
Brian Long | Jun 5, 2018
The audio tour is high quality. I recommend you visit this site after visiting the S-21 prison. The museum will give you more context for the Killing Fields, since of course they are related. The Cambodian government has not exhumed all of the remains from the camp. You will likely spot a bit of clothing, a tooth, or a bone of a victim. The audio tour states that bones and teeth float to the surface of the flooded graves. Price USD 6. The staff did not have change in Riel. Bring Dollars.
Heidi Kathrin Harnisch | Jun 11, 2018
Deeply moving and disturbing what happened in this country. The killing field was well preserved and the audio guide was very informative. Bring some time to really take everything in. It took us about two hours to do the full audio guide and only take peek at the adjoining museum. But beware of the tuk tuk ride from the city center. It's about 45 minutes to an hour, bring a bottle of water!
Trevor Udarbe | Jun 1, 2018
The darkest side of humanity exposed. In the end people might forgive but this must never be forgotten. Imagine your relative or loved ones taken away and never returned. May the souls of those tortured and killed rest in peace.
Jonas Kulland | Jul 17, 2018
Visiting the Killing Fields is not a pleasant experience! Listening to sad stories and the horrible atrocities of Pol Pot. Walking across the killing fields hearing the chilling stories of what happened at this very spot leaves a mark on your heart. Worth a visit for anyone who's interested in history and culture.
Alexis Duca | Jul 4, 2018
Beautiful museum and memorial to all victims of the Khmer Rouge. The audio tour is astounding and necessary for your visit. The tour in narrated by a survivor of the Khmer Rouge and several other victims who share their stories. Visiting is very emotional and not for the faint of heart. A visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide museum is definitely recommend to complete your experience.
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