The War Museum

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

The War Museum Siem Reap Reviews

andmar andmar
52 reviews
The War Museum Feb 21, 2014
Unfortunately the history of the country is full of war. By visiting you can see what was used by all sides during all the conflicts in a nice open area and see what was used then. My highlight was the MIG airplane (russian made). It was the first time i saw one and i could touch it. It brought back memories form the cold war and i remember i used to see it in photos only...

Also by visiting the gift shop you can buy a few things for charities and do your bid to help those who were unfortunate enough to be caught in all this.
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christl3 christl3
171 reviews
Saddening Museum Nov 25, 2012
The Museum is about a fifteen minute drive from the town of Siem Reap. A tuk-tuk would cost you about $3 - $4 return.

It's not your typical museum. It's outdoors, for one! It is laid out like an orcardwith rows of spaced out trees that, in the right season grow mangos, the tour guide informed us. In between the rows of trees are lines of bombed, abandoned military vehicles such as tanks, water-tanks, an old crashed helicopter etc. In one of the tanks there are three skeletons of dead Cambodian fighters.

There are shelters around the skirts of the orchard with multiple photos of landmine victims. The tour guide we had had his arm blown off by a landmine when he was fourteen and then went through years of excrutiating pain as the bone that was still growing (because he was effectively a child) kept growing through the healing skin over the stump and had to be removed by using razor sharp wires. If anything, it reinforces the harrowing fact that so many people in Cambodia have suffered so much agonising pain. The guide also lost his parents. To this day he still does not know if they lived or died. Truly heartbreaking!

The shelters also contain bombs that are still in tact and ones that blew up. They also have examples of landmines. The tour guide explained to us about the Khmer Rouge rule and the horrible things they did to their own people.

The museum was ok. It was $5 each entry which i thought was quite steep for the type of content in the museum. Then at the end the guide asked for a donation to go towards to victims of landmines. I don't mind giving money to a good cause but i would prefer to put it in a box. I felt i was expected to give more because i was handing it to him. There was very little written information in the museum.
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davidx says:
Sad indeed. Even if I should ever be in the area, I should give this one a miss. Good informative blog, though.
Posted on: Nov 26, 2012

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