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Friday, January 27, 2012

In our first full day in Phnom Penh we decided to hire a Tuk Tuk, a motorcycle with a wagon, for the day.  For our first day we wanted to see the sad history of recent Cambodia, so we went to to genocide museums dedicated to the events that happened under the Khmer Rouge and their leader Pol Pot.  If you are not familiar with the history, the Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979 and are believed to have killed about 2 million people or about 25% of the population. 

The first stop was the infamous S21 prison.  It was school that the Khmer Rouge turned into a prison that at one point housed about 5,000 people.  Most of the prisoner were tortured in the prison and after they "confessed" they were be transported by truck to the killing field.

The killing field was a large mass grave a short drive from the prison.  At the killing field a large memorial was built to remeber all those that died.  There were hundreds of killing fields throughout the country, but the one we visited is probably the most well known in Cambodia.  The memorial contained the skeletal remains of many of the victims.  Many of the mass graves at the site have not be dug up and after rains bone fragments and teeth will appear on the ground throughout the site.  It was a very solemn and moving place to visit. 

After visiting the genocide museums we headed back to town and stopped at the Russian Market and did some shopping before we went back to the hotel for dinner. 
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