The activities that I9 have Ã©xperience'in Phnom Pehn are pretty gruesome: The first moving attraction that I visited were 'The Killing Fields'which are situated just on the outskirts of the capital city.
WHAT AN HORRIFIC EXPERIENCE THAT WAS: For those who are a little unsure of what the killing fields are: they are where Polpot took the local Cambodians via a boys to this site to be killed. Everyday, people were hauled here in their hundreds to undergo a terrible an horrific death: they were beaten to death: men women and children.
At this site there was a huge Pagoda that has been erected to remember those that were killed under Polpot's regime, and inside this is basically all their skulls that they have dug up from this site: just thousands of skulls all on show for people to see and remember those who suffered. It also shows you just how many people lost their lives because of this wicked wicked man and his regime!!!
That was very moving: and the whole site had a peculiar stench to it: It was clearly the stench of death.
Then we went to S.21, Which was where Polpot arranged for those who were to be killed to stay: because they were taking people to the fields in theor hundreds somedays it wasnt possible to kill them all so they were placed in this horrible prison, to await an horrific and brutal death. Whilst they were there they were tourtured and intimidated by the guards: and the guards became more and more cruel as time went on: some guards were as young as 15years old!
In many of the rooms, there were pictures 'mug shots'of the prisoners that were incarcerated in S.21 prison, during Polpots regime. And again, there were so many: men, women, children: in their thousands, who all shared the same fate: they were killed at the killing fields under Polpots regime. When the Vietnamese overthrew Polpot and 'freed'the prisoners: their were only 7 soldiers rescued from S.21.
Its pretty hard to imagine that this happened only like 30years ago!! And it was a very sad and moving experience. The reason for Polpots regime, was to readicate all the Ã©ducated'civilians in Cambodia, and have only three hundred thousand civilians remaining in the whole of Cambodia: who were to be the Ãºneducated'so that he was free to brainwash them, and force them to only work on the fields in order to farm rice: that was- nobody would overthrow him or him regime! But obviously that didnt happen, because the Vietnamese army came in and overthrew Polpot