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Cambodian Gas Station – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 

Photo of the Day – Cambodian Gas Station – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

There is nothing fancy about this pit stop – a few buckets of gasoline, various types of oil and an air compressor to fill up your tires. We passed by this Cambodian gas station on our way out Phnom Penh heading towards the infamous killing fields where over 1,000,000 people were brutally murdered and/or buried during the Cambodian Genocide in the late seventies.

Cambodian Gas Station - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
 

Cambodian Royal Palace – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 

Photo of the Day – Cambodian Royal Palace – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

In the midst of an otherwise depressed, moderately dirty, and stressed city sits the meticulously clean and beautifully designed Cambodian Royal Palace. The palace is located in the middle of Phnom Penh and has been built in traditional Cambodian architecture. The buildings, walkways, and gardens making up the palace grounds are beautiful and bring peace and a glimmer of hope in a city that is plagued with a deadly and pain-staking history.

Has anyone else been to this palace? Were you also intrigued by this nearly perfect palace juxtaposed with the depressed modern day Phnom Penh?

Cambodian Royal Palace - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
 

Skulls at The Killing Fields – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 

Photo of the Day – Skulls at The Killing Fields – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

On the flight to Tokyo last week I watched the movie The Killing Fields. The movie is an award winning film that chronicles the experiences of two journalists during the Cambodian Genocide which took place in the late 1970s. If you haven’t seen it before, I highly recommend checking it out. My guess is the majority of people reading this probably have no idea about the absolute horror that the Khmer Rouge created just over 30 years ago.

The movie made me think of the time I spent in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2010. I toured many of the infamous sites from the period. While I enjoyed learning about the history of the area, it was absolutely depressing. All of the events are recent, leaving all of the sites still in a very raw condition. While walking around “The Killing Fields” I took this graphic image of some of the victims’ skulls. When I look at this picture I get the chills – these are all from real people that were tortured and murdered.

Skulls at The Killing Fields - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
 
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