Daytour Phnom Penh (Killing Fields)
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Today we have visited the main 'attraction' in Phnom Phen. A very said place to visit. It's strange to visit a place like this on your holiday trip, as a tourist, but o so important. First of all because it is a proof of the worst acts of the regime and to give tribute to the victims. It is almost not to believe that this all occurred only 30 years ago.
The Killing fields were a number of sites in Cambodia where large numbers of people were killed and buried by the Kmer Rouge regime, during its rule of the country from 1975 to 1979, immediately after the end of the Vietnam War.
At least 200,000 people were executed by the Khmer Rouge (while estimates of the total number of deaths resulting from Khmer Rouge policies, including disease and starvation, range from 1.
Beside the Killing Fields we also visited the Genocide Museum. When Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge, this former high school was converted into the detention and interrogation center. Political enemies 'suspected of treason' were brought here and tortured for confessions. The brutal history of this place, Toul Sleng was documented by the Khmer Rouge themselves in the postmortem photos of many of the victims.
At last we did a small tour through the city, we saw the palace, made a quick visit to the National Museum and some other nice places.