The capital of
, and the main reason we wanted to visit was to see & understand what happened to the country under Pol Pots regime. This meant unfortunately a visit to S21 and the Killing Fields was inevitable.
Neither of these trips were enjoyable. In fact they were truly horrific. To see the actual S11 building (that if fact used to be a school) where prisoners were tortured to death was spine chilling. And being in the rooms & seeing the photographic evidence of what went on in there was so frightening.
We paid for the audio guide at the Killing Fields visit which gave in-depth accounts from various people that were involved. This ranged from victims that had luckily escaped, family member who recounted their horrific stories of how they never saw their loved ones again, right through to those who worked for the Khymer Rouge who were too frightened for their own lives not to kill others as they had been ordered to do so.
It was hard not to want to leave
immediately after seeing these awful places, but the
ns are really lovely friendly people, and there are others sights in the capital that we enjoyed, such as the beautiful Royal Palace.
on October 5, 2011
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