APAD 205: The War Museum in Siem Reap

Posted by on Nov 22, 2011 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia, Cambodia life, travel, What's On in Cambodia | 0 comments

My younger brother, who just came back from Siem Reap, gave me permission to use the photos he took there and have edited for my use (thank you, you’re an angel!). I am telling you this because I do not have time these days o take pictures myself as I’m quite occupied with a small consultancy gig.

This one’s taken at the War Museum in Siem Reap:

The place doesn’t really look much as a museum; it is basically a run-down field with overgrown shrubs and trees* that serve as graveyard of old tanks, guns, all sorts of heavy and light weapons. I was told that the place had been spruced up so it’s not as run-down as before. I’ve been there once, years ago, and I didn’t like it. It was crushing to see landmine victims greet you and take you around the place. The stories were horrific and to see with your own eyes the ugly reminders of war and atrocities that happened in this country was depressing,  the same kind of feeling I had after visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh.

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