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Memorial Choeng-Ek

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Memorial Choeng-Ek - the site of the former garden and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge, is located at a distance of about 17 kilometers South of Phnom Penh. This is the most famous place among the several "fields of death".

Between 1975 and 1978 more than 17,000 men, women and children, detained and tortured in the security prison S-21 were taken to the death camp, Choeng-Ek. In the former Orchid nursery several decades ago unfolded monstrous cruelty and scale of the event. In total, the "killing Fields" for four years of the reign of the Khmer Rouge killed about 1.7 million people.

After the overthrow of the Pol Pot regime in 1980 on the territory of Choeng-Ek was exhumed the bodies of 8985 people, many of whom were bound and blindfolded. 43 of the 129 mass graves found there, remained untouched. On the surface half buried in pits around the visible parts of human bones, pieces of clothing and shoes, teeth.

Today, Choeng-Ek - memorial to the victims of the regime. Buddhist stupa erected on this site in 1988. The walls of the stupa is made of acrylic glass and filled with over 8,000 human skulls, located by age and sex; many of them are broken or fractured.

Support the memorial as a tourist place is made at the state level. Go here for the special tour buses. Developed by audiotours with the stories of the survivors in the prison on what the executioners, Choeng-Ek was used to murder the innocent and defenseless prisoners, including women and children. There is also a Museum with information about the leadership of the Khmer Rouge and the ongoing trial.