A confrontation with recent history
Phnom Penh Travel Blog› entry 9 of 14 › view all entries
August 22nd, 2008 – by: paulvann
One of the mainreasons why I came to Phnom Penh is my interest in what happend here back in the '70's during the Khmer Rouge regime.
The Tuol Sleng museum, a school that was used as a torture centre, is the first bizar place I visit. Can't help crying a bit when I walk through the former classrooms of this insane place where cruelty beyond comparison was a daily routine. The killing fields, about 10 miles outside the innercity, are another 'must see' when you are in Phnom Penh. In places like this thousands and thouands of people were actually killed because a criminal had a dream about proletarian Utopia... When you look at all the friendly and optimistic people you can't hardly imagine the horror that has taken place here.
Phnom Penh is certainly a place I can recommend to everyone who is interested in recent history, culture and watching Asia working on a better future.
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