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Cambodia - Phnom Penh

Filed under: — Andy @ 10:53 pm

Cambodia was a little different than I expected. It is a poor country but seems to be very rapidly building and modernizing, and tourism is probably playing a large role as there were a lot of other tourists everywhere I went. Also when I was there I learned a lot about Cambodia’s history, the huge genocide, and about life under the Khmer Rouge regime.

Tuol Sleng
When the Khmer Rouge regime took over the capital city and evacuated its inhabitants, they took a school and turned it into a prison/torture area.

A German friend I met on the bus ride to Phnom Penh.

A typical looking school, yet the insides were very much like a prison.

School gym equipment was used to hang people upside down among other tortures.

The Killing Fields
Just as the name states, a place where there was mass executions and mass graves.

Delicious fried bananas on the way.

A monument completely filled with the skulls of the victims found in the mass graves.

"In order to save ammunition, the executions were often carried out using hammers, axe handles, spades or sharpened bamboo sticks.”

Phnom Penh City

Wat Phnom the temple the city gets its name from.

Interesting statue at the temple.

Eating many different kinds of sweets at the market.

The Royal Palace. A complex of beautiful golden buildings.


  1. I would think that the country was a very depressing place to visit. USA did not do much to stop the killing as it did not do much to stop such activities in other countries.

    Comment by People person — 5/13/2012 @ 4:16 pm

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