Learning from History – Phnom Penh

My last holiday for 2016 was like stepping into a history class – a trip to Phnom Penh. After the trip, I love my life more and feel grateful for whatever I have now.

Note: There won’t be much photos on this post.

You can read more about the sad history of Phnom Penh online. I have extracted a summary from Wikipedia.

“In power, the Khmer Rouge carried out a radical program that included isolating the country from all foreign influences, closing schools, hospitals, and factories, abolishing banking, finance, and currency, outlawing all religions, confiscating all private property and relocating people from urban areas to collective farms where forced labour was widespread. The purpose of this policy was to turn Cambodians into “Old People” through agricultural labour.”

We visited the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum as known as Security Prison 21 (S21). It was a former high school which was transformed into a prison during the Khmer Rouge regime. It was one of the at least 150 execution centers in the country and about 20,000 prisoners were killed there.

We also visited the one of the Killing Fields. The children and infants were often killed and thrown into pits alongside with their parent. The rationale was to stop them from taking revenge form their parents’ deaths when they grew up.

Getting the heavy and serious stuff out of the way, it’s photo time.

IMG_7803.JPGOur room at Aquarius Hotel

It was a lovely boutique hotel. The service was excellent and the staff was very helpful. They were constantly reminding us that we should be mindful of our belonging. Never take your mobile phone out when you are outside. This was also one of the reasons why there was so little photos for this trip.

IMG_7934.JPGThe lovely infinite pool at the hotel roof top

img_7944When we are not out visiting or for dinner, we spent most of the time at the pool.

Some of the lovely meal we had there.

Something that is different from my other trips to end off 2016.

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