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Cambodia’s S-21 Prison/Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

S-21 Prison Cambodia

Aside from the Killing Fields, the next most infamous remnant of Cambodia’s civil war is the S-21 Prison, now known as the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The prison had an innocent start–before the war, it was a high school. After the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia in 1975, the school was converted into a prison […]

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Cambodia’s Killing Fields

Mass graves at the Killing Fields Cambodia

One of the most defining parts of Cambodia’s history is the devastating civil war that lasted for only three years (1975-1978). I don’t want to write a book here about what happened, so here’s a brief explanation of the war from World Without Genocide: In 1953 Cambodia gained its independence from France, after nearly 100 […]

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Holy Cambodia: The Temples of Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh temple

Temples are to Southeast Asia what cathedrals are to Europe. On seemingly every corner, ornate Buddhist, Hindu and other temples and pagodas decorate the cityscape. Phnom Penh is no exception–the city is filled with gorgeous places of worship, peaceful monks, and religious art. Since temples are something that don’t need a lot of explanation (beautiful […]

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Beautiful Phnom Penh: Cambodian National Museum & Palace

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia is an interesting city full of contradictions–the busy streets contradict the towns seemingly slow pace, the prices are low but the quality is high, and modern architecture sits alongside traditional Cambodian architecture with ease. Two traditional Cambodian compounds sit along the Mekong River, epitomizing the grandeur of Cambodia’s past. These compounds house the […]

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Sisowath Quay: Phnom Penh’s Modern Waterfront

Sisowath Quay Phnom Pehn 7

Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh (known as the “Soul of Asia”) is an interesting city. It has touches of French colonialism, both old and modern buildings, Asian-style temples, a mix of paved streets and dirt roads, and a blend of cheap food carts and fancy restaurants. One of the most interesting things about Phnom Penh is […]

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