After getting an entrance ticket we first saw the skulls and bones kept in the museum, proceed to the documentary center and read about it further in the museum. The documentary shocked everyone present. The entire place was quiet and eerie. To know that we're actually standing in a place where thousands were massacred made us queasy. We took a good two hours to go around the place and finally came out. Only then were we able to feel better.
The Killing fields is a horrific place, we hired audio guides which really helped explain the history of the place and it was so shocking. There were mass graves everywhere and as so many bodies had been buried all over the place, whenever it rains more bones and rags are brought to the surface and they had been placed in a transparent box. The Killing Fields was a place where people who were imprisoned at Tuol Sleng (S21) were brought to be executed. There was a tree that the guards used to hang speakers from that played this music so that it would muffle the sounds of the people being killed but the most awful thing was the Killing Tree. This was a tree that guards used to kill children and babies by holding them by their ankles and smashing them into the trunk of the tree. The youngest victim was only 3 months old.
Exploring The Killing Fields & S 21 Museum!You can either book an online for the Killing Fields & S 21 Tour, or ask your Airbnb/ Hotel folks to book it for you, or just head out, bargain with a tuk-tuk for a day's ride and set out. I chose the last option since it was the most affordable one! (For the entire day, my tuk-tuk person charged about 15 USD)Both these places would take you back in time and show you the dark days that the Cambodians faced during the Khmer Rouge. The Killing Fields are the places where more than a million people were killed and buried by the Khmer regime under Polpot, during his rule of the country from 1975 to 1979, immediately after the end of the Cambodian Civil War (1970–1975). The mass killings are widely regarded as part of a broad state-sponsored genocide. As I walked down, I got goosebumps listening to the audio guide (available at the entrance for a minimal price, and in different languages) where they narrated the story of how brutally people were assaulted and killed. There's a museum tower, which preserves several skulls of the people who died at that place!
Killing Fields and Genocide Museum-The two main places to visit if you want to understand the 75-79 period of Cambodia is the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21 Prison) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Both are an important part of Phnom Penh’s bloody history under Khmer Rouge, the prison stands as a monument to the thousands that were murdered and imprisoned, while the killing fields finally stand as peaceful grounds.The experience is so powerful and moving that it is an experience you can’t miss. While the entire thing is slightly depressing, a visit to these museums is vital to understand the culture of the Cambodian people and seeing how they have remained resilient and strong.Warning: The experience is too strong, I personally broke down twice at S-21 prison
This is another horrific place. There are number of killing Fields in Cambodia. The Phnom Penh killing Fields is one of the biggest.these are the sites where collectively more than 1 million people were killed brutally and burried by the Khmer Rouge regime during 1975-1979. The audio tour is a must.