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Half Day Phnom Penh Tour: The Khmer Rouge
Spend half a day visiting two of Cambodia’s most poignant sites; the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. These terribly sombre yet significant sites offer an insight into Cambodia’s turbulent modern history.
The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, also known as the S-21 Jail, was originally built as a school. And yet it was here that close to 17,000 people were detained, interrogated and tortured during the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. Take a tour of the museum and learn about the horrendous practices that took place, and the poor souls who spent their final days here.
Continue out of the city to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Nearly all of the prisoners from S-21 were taken here to be executed and thrown in mass graves. Since the end of the Khmer Rouge Regime, the remains of around 9,000 people have been found here, with many of the graves remaining untouched to this day. The bones of those who have been exhumed have been placed in a glass memorial which sits at the centre of the site.
On your way back to the city, you will have a chance to stop at the Russian Market, named for the expats who frequented the market in the 1980s. Here you will find a huge array of trinkets, local handicrafts, jewellery and even electronic goods.
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