Weekly photo challenge: Creepy in Cambodia

 This week, share an image of something creepy. Unsettling. Eerie. Disgusting.

My most unsettling and creepy travel experience was visiting the Killing Fields of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. This mass murder site, where the Khmer Rouge executed about 17,000 people between 1975 and 1979 is definitely very unsettling. The place is filled with mass graves containing thousands of bodies , many of the dead former inmates in the Tuol Sleng prison in Phnom Pehn. Displaying the skulls and bones of these murdered people in a grisly tower definitely brings to home the horror of this place.

Some of the thousands of skulls dug up in the Killing Fields
This tower is filled with sculls dug out of the mass graves surrounding the area

This huge Buddhist stupa, also known as the Choeung Ek Memorial is filled with more than 5,000 human skulls; many of which are  shattered showing the brutality of the killings. It is believed that the Khmer Rouge soldiers killed their victims by smashing them on the head, in order to save on bullets.

Inside this tower is row upon row of skulls
It was very disturbing and shocking to think that thousands of people were slaughtered here!

This was one of my most disturbing visits ever. The most horific part was to be reminded how cruel humans can be towards each other.

This shows the ugly side of Cambodia which is a beautiful country!

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23 comments

  1. You are so brave! I was in Phnom Pehn recently and didn’t their to go to the fields 😦
    I know its important to have this kind of human horror museums, so we don’t forget the atrocities that we can commit, but it was just too much for me. Besides just by talking to Cambodias and seeing the country for a few weeks/months one can learn a lot about what the Khmer Rouge regime did to this country.
    This place is definetly creepy!

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  2. I’m actually planning a trip there next year … After reading about it so much it’s some I really gotta check out… A pity PoPot was never charged … He just died of old ge ..

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    • Cambodia is a stunning place!! Unfortunately you can still see the damage of what Pol Pot did,and you will learn a lot about the inhuman things he did to his own people. But if you look past it you will see that Cambodia is a beautiful country.

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    • Thanks for the information. I still think it is a very spooky and disturbing memorial. It is quite upsetting to stand in-front of this stupa filled with sculls, knowing that these people were innocent and died horrible deaths! It is a depiction of human cruelty and very effective in making people think about what went on in Cambodia.

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    • Unfortunately human cruelty towards each other has been a constant through all the ages and I don’t think it is going to change soon. This memorial makes you face the reality that there are monsters out there among us.

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