Friday, January 3, 2014

Wat Thmey (The Killing fields), Siem Reap, Cambodia

By right, after lunching at Restaurant Cambodian Kitchen, we should have embarked on a city tour within the same area. However, though we had the option of going back to the hotel to rest, all of opted for sightseeing at Wat Thmey - a heart wrecking reminiscences of Cambodia's past trouble during the Khmer rouge regime from 1975-1979 and what the Cambodians endured under Pol Pot's dictatorship. Wat Thmey actually is a small active Pagoda, in fact. you only need 15 to 20 minutes to see the Buddhist temple, the homes of the monks, the teaching hall and the small gift shop, including the memorial with glass windows housing the skulls and bones of some of those who were killed and buried during the Khmer rule from 1975 to 1979. 

Wat Thmey is just one of the ‘killing fields’ sites in Siem Reap, here you will understand more of the mass killing from the couple of boards with fading photos, showing life in the dark years and a pain the Cambodians don't want to recall. We certainly were shaken up, as we walked out on this place, we couldn't comprehend the fact that cruelty had no mercy. 

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  1. OMG , people collect sculls and bones there.. :0
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  2. I guess by witnessing with our own eyes, we definitely feel the pain. I ve been to Siam Reap but never gone into any temples besides the few famous monuments.

  3. OMG the skulls, hope you had a wonderful experience while travelling and visiting the place..

  4. You are so right whey you say "you have to see, you have to travel and you have to listen to people in other parts of world" to stop complaining and appreciate life.
    I got goosebumps seeing the stupa...May their souls rest in peace...

  5. Oh Nava this was bit scary ,i mean the skulls ...Hope u really enjoyed visiting cambodia ....I wish i visit these places someday

  6. oh mine...this is so shocking...people collecting skulls....

  7. Soul stirring images! We so often take life for granted and I agree with your philosophy.


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