Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, Phnom Penh

Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
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Phann C
2 contributions
May 2022
we was been that is very sad place .if you visiting Cambodia dont forget to visiting .that is interesting on the wold .
Written 12 May 2022
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FeistyKel
Melbourne156 contributions
May 2021
A difficult place to visit but meaningful and impacting. The tree where children were beaten to death was a lot, and the number of remains was horrific.
Written 19 April 2022
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flvlondon2015
London, UK23 contributions
Mar 2022
We found this sobering & shocking, despite knowing what to expect. Visit the killing fields, it is a carefully maintained and honouring environment to the dead, Cambodia needs people to remember this recent history.
Written 10 April 2022
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ANDY H
Singapore, Singapore11 contributions
Feb 2022
We visited in February 2022.
Firstly, we would recommend anyone who is visiting Phnom Penh to include a visit here. The events that took place here should never be forgotten, and walking around the grounds is very emotional, when contemplating how cruel mankind can be, and how a generation of people were wiped out by the actions of madmen. You will leave feeling very drained, so do be prepared.

This review isn't really about providing a numeric rating, as it seems quite inappropriate to score somewhere like this. Instead, it's more to inform people of a few considerations prior to visiting in the current climate.

1) The audio guides are currently unavailable due to Covid-19 - so won't be available to listen to on arrival

2) The current on-site 'guides' (wearing blue shirts) seem to actually be gardeners/groundsmen who are slightly opportunistic when tourists appear. An elderly gentleman who had been sweeping the grounds upon our arrival claimed he was a tour guide that had worked there since 1980, and who had given tours to Princess Diana and Kofe Annan amongst others. We were fairly unsure as to the legitimacy of whether this gentleman was an actual guide, so we asked the man working on the ticket office. Sadly we got a very unhelpful, almost dismissive response which neither confirmed nor denied it, and instead the ticket officer placed his ipad on his desk and continued to watch that instead of help alleviate our fears. As there were no audio guides, and seemingly no other tour guides available, we agreed to this older gentleman to give us a tour for $6. What we got was a whistle-stop, 20 minute walk around the area, with him repeating the same things each time we stopped and essentially providing very little detail at all, other than reading aloud the information signs that are present at each point of interest.
I think it is safe to say that the chap was not any sort of guide, and rather was taking advantage of the current lack of on-site qualified guides as tourism hasn't yet fully returned to the area. In hindsight, we would much rather have paid our respects alone and looked around the grounds in peace, instead of this quite awkward experience.

So these are 2 things to keep in mind - absolutely you should visit this sobering part of Phnom Penh, but be advised that if you wish to have a guide, it's much better to book one in advance and have them with you on arrival. Alternatively, if you visit without a guide, there are information signs up at various parts of the site with brief details.

Note: it takes a maximum of 1.5hrs to see everything on site, which is the grounds and then a small museum on site.
Written 5 February 2022
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Tania H
Phnom Penh, Cambodia13 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
Everyone needs to visit here so they can get an understanding of why Cambodia is the way it is. It is sad but is worth the visit
Written 4 February 2022
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Holly J
London, UK55 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
How can you describe a place that has witnessed such pain and horror? Definitely visit this important historical monument and learn of the atrocity caused by Pol Pot and his evil army (The Kyhmer Rouge). People need to learn about and learn from such places in order to prevent future occurrences. The families of these victims need people to develop an understanding of what power, money and madness can do to a nation.
Written 23 January 2022
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aliciagonzalen
Washington, VA3 contributions
Jan 2022
That very sad for cambodian people that time Khmer Red .I visited it is look like i stay that time still have something from red khmer
Written 13 January 2022
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Devid Sophornprak
Phnom Penh, Cambodia59 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
We went there with a group of student to see and visit some of history over there, many people came to visit it everyday

Should come early morning to spend more time here, highly recommended
Written 9 March 2021
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JayRae1
Glasgow, UK1,546 contributions
Mar 2020
Visiting Choeung Ek is not a warm experience but, like most such places, it is essential if you want to understand what happened in Cambodia during the time of the Pol Pot regime. I foolishly took my camera with me but, once inside, I felt it would be disrespectful to take photos in such a place. Others did take photos, but that is a matter for their own conscience.

In spite of what I write here, I would recommend that anyone visiting the area should include a tour of Choeung Ek.
Written 4 February 2021
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MarkWaters79
England, UK170 contributions
Dec 2020 • Solo
It’s about 13kms South of the main centre. $3 entry. There a couple of shops close for water/drinks etc.

It’s a small area. Easy to walk around. An hour is fine, 90mins max. It’s not really well kept...but I don’t know if that was due to lack of tourists due to Covid.

Obviously it’s not really a place to take photos/selfies. You’ll walk away silently.
Written 1 December 2020
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