Thursday, April 17, 2014

Memorial at Wat Samrong Knong

The memorial stupa at Wat Samrong Knong

During my recent Battambang adventures over Khmer New Year, I paid a visit to Wat Samrong Knong, just outside the city, to see the genocide memorial stupa that had been erected since my last visit in 2006. Over 10,000 people were killed by the Khmer Rouge in that location and buried in mass graves in the area of the stupa. A tableau (or bas relief) in concrete, explaining in English as to what took place at the site they call Well of Shadows. The remains of many of those who died line the walls of the memorial stupa. It was a sobering visit after the raucous water-bombing along the road to Ek Phnom earlier that same afternoon.  Today marks the anniversary, 39 years ago, that the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh and began the evacuation of the city, as they did in the main provincial towns all over the country. Cambodia would never be the same again.
The concrete tableau and windows of the memorial stupa

One of the 10,000 victims killed at the site

One of the bas reliefs at Wat Samrong Knong

Examples of the torture inflicted by the Khmer Rouge at Wat Samrong Knong

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