Monthly Archives: March 2013

Things to see in Phnom Penh

One of the pictures is of the wat in Phnom Penh. It was beautiful- especially at night with the moon out. Another picture is of a big clock near the park. The boys are working on telling time, so what a perfect place to learn! The rest are things to see while out and about in the city.

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Rules at Security Prison 21 (S-21)

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The gallows at the Genocide Museum

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A little bird perched on the barb wire

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The Khmer Rouge were meticulous about taking photographs of each person killed.

The black and white photo display is never-ending. The photo of the woman with her baby (to me) depicts utter and total despair. In a couple of the photos, I liked that the men were smirking (which was not only illegal, but surely disrespectful to the Khmer Rouge.) Following those photos, were ones of people beaten to death beyond recognition- most likely some of the people who went down fighting.

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Prison cells and busts of Pol Pot

Notice the chain shackle near the stone heads- they were in each cell. It’s hard to believe that this place was a high school, then a prison and now a museum. When you walk in, there are beautiful flowering trees and 14 white tombs holding the bodies of the last prisoners to die. It is very quiet, except for the birds singing.

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Phnom Penh Genocide Museum

A high school in 1975 was turned into a prison for anyone who opposed the Khmer Rouge (KR.) They could put you in the prison for any reason. They tortured people until they signed confessions (even if they weren’t guilty of anything) then they were killed. The barb wire thwarted any attempts at suicide. The bed and pillow are remnants of the last days of the prison. When it was liberated, there were only seven survivors. Of them, there was a sculptor, a painter & a photographer kept alive to document the genocide.

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The glass tower at the Killing Fields

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This 17 story glass stupa holds 8000 skulls found in the Killing Fields

Cambodia is not much larger than the state of Missouri, but during the Khmer Rouge reign- about 2 million Cambodians were massacred.

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Walking down a path at the Killing Fields

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The audio walking tour had a beautiful, haunting song playing as you walked along this path. It is serene and peaceful now.

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