Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Day 4 Killing Field and Tuol Sleng genocide museum (Former Khmer Rouge S-21 Prison)

Day 4 Killing Field and Tuol Sleng genocide museum (Former Khmer Rouge S-21 Prison)

After we had our lunch is already 3PM. We were wondering if we can make to this two places. We walked out from the restaurant, many tuk tuk were waiting there. My friend agreed with one, she said:" The driver said he had waited us for so long, since raining just now." Oh well...

The sky is quite clear after rain and less dusty.

Since the killing field is the furthest so we decided to visit it first. If it's still in time we'll only make to S-21.

# Though it's less dusty but it's still quite dusty compared to the air in Malaysia. This is the time we start to use the mask. Thank goodness we were not using any tuk tuk in Siem Reap. :-p




Killing Field

Between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants who had been detained and tortured at S-21 were transported to the extermination camp of Choeung Ek. They were often bludgeoned to death to avoid wasting precious bullets.

I felt very sad visiting this place thus didn't take any picture. All the picture below were taken by my travel mate.

More than 8000 skulls, arranged by sex and age, are visible behind the clear glass panels of the Memorial Stupa, which was erected in 1988.





Behind this Memorial stupa is the mass grave which is one time longan orchard. 43 of the 129 communal graves here have been left untouched. Fragments of human bone and bits of cloth are scattered around the disinterred pits.



Tuol Sleng genocide museum (Former Khmer Rouge S-21 Prison)



After visiting the Killing Field, the tuk-tuk driver told us the S-21 Prison closed at 5PM, it won't be in time for us to reach there. But according to the guidebook I have, it says it closed at 5.30PM. So we insist the tuk tuk driver to bring us there. We also negotiate with him
so that he'll be our driver tomorrow.

Not sure if he purposely try to drag the time, but he stopped here to refill the fuel.


In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot's security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). This soon became the largest centre of detention and torture in the country. Between the years 1975 and 1978 more than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeng Ek Killing Field.














It's kind of unbelievable untill you really see this. But it's always advise to leave out the visit to these two places if you feel that you cannot take it.

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