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Tuol Sleng yard

The other side of Phnom Penh luckily lies in the past. It'd the time that the lovely child Saloth Sar had become "Brother no. 1", or Pol Pot. He was the leader of the Khmer Rouge, the party that between 1975 and 1979 ruled the country with a deadly effect. Millions of Cambodians became victims of the regime. Horrible.

We visited two memorial sites that visualized the unbelievable cruel years of the Khmer Rouge. First, we went to Toul Sleng, a small complex which looks like a school, but was turned into a infamous prison where torture was daily routine. The buildings are kept as a genocide museum. Especially the picture gallery of all those Cambodian victims makes you very quiet. Most of the prisoners ended in one of the many killing fields.

We went to the Choeung Ek genocidal center, a unique place reflecting the most barbarious crime of the Khmer Rouge. Here, about 20,000 people (including foreigners) were executed and burried in one of the 129 mass graves. In order to remember the spirits of victims at the site as well as over 3 million victims throughout the country, a Memorial Charnel was built in the center.

Although not the happiest moments to spend your travels, you should miss a visit of Toul Sleng and one of the killing fields.

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Tuol Sleng yard
Tuol Sleng yard
Tuol Sleng entrance gate
Tuol Sleng entrance gate
Tuol Sleng intro info
Tuol Sleng intro info
Tuol Sleng former rules
Tuol Sleng former rules
Tuol Sleng main building
Tuol Sleng main building
Tuol Sleng memorial
Tuol Sleng memorial
Tuol Sleng building detail
Tuol Sleng building detail
Tuol Sleng martyre graves
Tuol Sleng martyre graves
Tuol Sleng building detail
Tuol Sleng building detail
Tuol Sleng building detail
Tuol Sleng building detail
So obvious...
So obvious...
Tuol Sleng martyre bed
Tuol Sleng martyre bed
Same bed with victim
Same bed with victim
Tuol Sleng hall of vitims
Tuol Sleng hall of vitims
Hall of vitims
Hall of vitims
Tuol Sleng victims
Tuol Sleng victims
Tuol Sleng written in het eyes
Tuol Sleng written in het eyes
Tuol Sleng building detail
Tuol Sleng building detail
Tuol Sleng chambers
Tuol Sleng chambers
Tuol Sleng chambers
Tuol Sleng chambers
Tuol Sleng chambers
Tuol Sleng chambers
Tuol Sleng chambers
Tuol Sleng chambers
Tuol Sleng chambers
Tuol Sleng chambers
Tuol Sleng barbed wire
Tuol Sleng barbed wire
Tuol Sleng Pol Pots heads
Tuol Sleng Pol Pots heads
Tuol Sleng Stilled Lives
Tuol Sleng Stilled Lives
Tuol Sleng massacre
Tuol Sleng massacre
Tuol Sleng Cambodian map in skulls
Tuol Sleng Cambodian map in skulls
Tuol Sleng review
Tuol Sleng review
Choeung Ek
Choeung Ek
Choeung Ek entrance gate
Choeung Ek entrance gate
Choeung Ek memorial tower
Choeung Ek memorial tower
Choeung Ek memorial tower
Choeung Ek memorial tower
Choeung Ek memorial tower
Choeung Ek memorial tower
Choeung Ek mass graves
Choeung Ek mass graves
Choeung Ek tree
Choeung Ek tree
Choeung Ek mass graves
Choeung Ek mass graves
Choeung Ek mass grave
Choeung Ek mass grave
Choeung Ek mass grave detail
Choeung Ek mass grave detail
Choeung Ek quiet please!
Choeung Ek quiet please!
Choeung Ek natural murder weapons
Choeung Ek natural murder weapons
Choeung Ek, memorial detail
Choeung Ek, memorial detail
Choeung Ek, skulls of victims
Choeung Ek, skulls of victims
Choeung Ek, skulls of victims
Choeung Ek, skulls of victims
Choeung Ek, skulls of victims
Choeung Ek, skulls of victims
Choeung Ek, skulls of victims
Choeung Ek, skulls of victims
Traditional Khmer Rouge clothing
Traditional Khmer Rouge clothing
Barbarous Khmer Rouge
Barbarous Khmer Rouge
Landscape near Phnom Penh
Landscape near Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
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