The Killing Fields (Choeung Ek)

Attraction 15km southwest of the city, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Historic
Museum
Must see
Kids
6.00 USD

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Choeung Ek is the site of a former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge. It has become one of the infamous killing fields.

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Why The Killing Fields (Choeung Ek) is special ?

Killing Fields of Cheung Ek is situated 15 kilometers south-west of Phnom Penh and made famous by the film of the same name "Killing Field". it was a place where more than 17,000 civilians were killed and buried in mass graves; many of them transported here after detention and torture in Toul Sleng. This place is a chilling reminder of the brutalities of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime. In the center of the area is a 17 story glass stupa which houses 8000 skulls exhumed from mass graves.


The Cheung Ek Killing Field at Phnom Penh is one of the most prolific and historic place in Phnom Penh and stands a cruel reminder of the atrocities inflicted upon the masses of Cambodia. The place has become very popular now as it is the center of all killings which took place in the city and later got christened as the famous Killing Field. The place is really popular as tourists from all over the world come here. The place has really direct links with the horrific past of Cambodia and Phnom Penh.

What to explore at The Killing Fields (Choeung Ek)?

The Democratic of Kampuchea was led by Pol Pot, a former schoolteacher. The killing machine of S-21 was a secret prison for torturing, interrogating, and depriving those who were accused of illegal activities and accused of being traitors. The Khmer Rouge acted like savage animals with no conscience as they preyed upon the innocent and naive citizens. The Khmer Rouge had turned the peaceful and beautiful Cheung Ek village into the infamous and miserable killing fields. The Pol Pot regime slaughtered people in the thousands without mercy and buried them in mass graves. No matter how much visitors have read or been told about the Khmer Rouge brutality and the number of people killed all visitors shall understand the full process of how the tens of thousands prisoners were executed here. More importantly, visitors can learn about the chain of command established by Pol Pot. 


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How to get to The Killing Fields (Choeung Ek)?

To get to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, take Monireth Blvd southwest out of the city. The site is well signposted in English about 7.5km from the bridge near St 271. Figure on about US$10 for a remork (drivers will ask US$15 to US$20).


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Selling points

  • “An Emotional Site”
  • “Chilling but important to go”
  • “Haunted History of Cambodia”
  • “Really brilliant experience”
  • “Interesting and worth a visit”
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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
61.41 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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15km southwest of the city, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Tips for you

  • You can easily arrange a tuk tuk driver to take you there (about 25 mins from city centre, around $15 return)
    Transportation
  • It is advised by the authorities that children should be advised and properly guided before they come here.
    Experience
  • Dress comfortably, and be prepared to be horrified by what happened there
    Experience
  • Go early in the morning, or when the sun's not too hot.
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  • The entrance fee also comes complete with audio guide in various languages.
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  • It isn't suitable for younger children and adults who are easily shocked.
    Safety
  • Cheung Ek Killing Field in Phnom Penh is located at a distance of 15 kilometers away from the south -western frontiers of Phnom Penh.
    Location

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Sad place again, but a must see to gain insight into the atrocities that happened here

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if you don't see anything else in Phnom Penh, see this. moving and heartbreaking.

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Sit on one of the bemches after stop 13 and listen to the optional surivor stories. Truly heartbreaking stuff.

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Take the audio tour. Gives you lots of interesting information. Available in plenty of languages.

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Try the audiotours! They're realy good, well spoken, and provide lots of interesting information.

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The audio guide is a real plus to fully experiencing this place. I went by myself, and had a really peaceful time listening to the stories and music that came with the audio. Peaceful? Yes, for me, personally. Because I see the transformation and growth that the country has undergone after this tragic history, and being in the killing fields, you'd see a lot of green, and water and beautiful trees that aren't visible in the city. Highly recommended!

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A beautifully kept and poignant display of the disgraceful crimes that were committed during the Khmer Rouge rule. A must do when in Phnom Penh, don't bother with Tuol Sleng, which is uninformative, dirty and unkept!

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I'm glad I visited here. Despite the hideous events that occurred here, I felt as though I really learned something. It is a tragically sad place. It seems to have been restored as a place of remembrance, but the reverence for the dead never sidesteps the horror. The clothing - in particular a small pair of children's purple shorts - really bring the reality of events here home.The audio commentary is good, and allows you to work around the area in your own time. i did not feel rushed.I'm undecided as to what I think of the memorial stupa - perhaps the victims deserve more dignity, or are they simply ensuring that these people are never forgotten? I'm not sure.If you visit here, be prepared to cry. I saw hardly anyone with dry eyes here, particularly in the area of the killing tree.A place to be sad, to be reverential, but definitely a place to be visited because of it's historical and human significance.

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I'm glad I visited here. Despite the hideous events that occurred here, I felt as though I really learned something. It is a tragically sad place. It seems to have been restored as a place of remembrance, but the reverence for the dead never sidesteps the horror. The clothing - in particular a small pair of children's purple shorts - really bring the reality of events here home. The audio commentary is good, and allows you to work around the area in your own time. i did not feel rushed. I'm undecided as to what I think of the memorial stupa - perhaps the victims deserve more dignity, or are they simply ensuring that these people are never forgotten? I'm not sure. If you visit here, be prepared to cry. I saw hardly anyone with dry eyes here, particularly in the area of the killing tree. A place to be sad, to be reverential, but definitely a place to be visited because of it's historical and human significance.

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Great place to visit if you want to learn more about the memorable and heart breaking story of Cambodia. Bring water, quote a long comfy walk! :)

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