The Killing Fields in Phnom Penh Tour Guide:
This is one place, (it would be inhuman to call it an attraction), which leaves the most hardened hearts in tears. Yet, it attracts tourists from across the world. They come to pay homage to the millions of innocent lives that were so brutally put to an end in these fields and to see first-hand the result of the Khmer Rouge Genocide.
Once rice fields, the Killing Fields now contain thousands of mass graves of the victims of the Khmer Rouge, a regime that conducted some of the worst atrocities against humankind in the 20th century. Not even babies were spared.
Right at the entrance, is a stupa (a Buddhist religious structure) with glass walls; inside it are thousands of skulls lined up – skulls of males on one side, and those of females on the other. Go further and you come upon a tree with beads around its huge trunk – a sign states that hapless babies were bashed against this tree and murdered, even as their parents screamed. The parents faced their deaths soon after.
Countless mass graves across the fields hold the remains of these parents and other souls who met brutal ends at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. The shallow graves often come uncovered and reveal bones and clothes after a downpour; a glass encasement set up in the field is stacked with the clothes that were discovered after such downpours and excavations. Even today, visitors sometimes come across mounds of bones and clothes from graves, whose earth coverings have been washed off.