I posed behind this really tall mausoleum, which was in the center of a place our tour-tuktuk driver took us. It was a beauty, "grand"....only to realize that as we reached the temple-like structure, we found out it was made of pure glass walls protecting these:
Bones and clothes of the people who suffered, tortured, and killed during the Pol Pot dynasty. Pol Pot was Cambodia's leader in the 70s, who aimed to "cleanse" the country, as Wikipedia noted "resulted in the death of an estimated 1.7 to 2.5 million people.". The place was the actual Genocidal Center. The killing fields. There were signs showing where the torturing and killing took place. It was a rather depressing tour. I can't believe that such thing can be done. In the tour, I read a sign that says that loud music was blaring in a huge speaker during those times so that cries of tortured people wouldn't be heard from nearby factories.
Yet to be excavated.
We also went to a museum where we found the different means of torturing during Pol Pot's regime:
This bed's frame now
Was where people were electrified before
Note number 10. =/
Just a huge wooden structure now
Was where people were hung like clothes to be tortured before
Rooms and rooms filled with photos of tortured and killed people. I had goosebumps.
Rows and rows of tiny-rooms where the people were jailed before they were interrogated and tortured.
Although the place gave us the creeps, it was a learning experience. Also, I have to say it was a really fashionable day for the girls. =)
My anchor necklace :)
Tamems' pretty sandals =)