WAR MUSEUM @ SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA
You just can’t come to Cambodia and adopt a kid…sorry, I mean to Cambodia and not visit the War Museum here in Siem Reap.L ocated on the outskirt of Siem reap, North of Cambodia. It is a unique museum and quite a sad place to a reminder of the horror that took place.
It offers visitors a unique and insightful view of the perils that Cambodia faced during the last 3 decades of the 20th century. It gives also visitors an excellent opportunity to learn more about what actually occurred during Cambodia’s ‘war years’.
After paying the entrance fee, I am given a guide to explain and help me understand about this tragic time in history. “Mean Sokhom”;,my guides name, has himself been a victim of landmines when he was just 14, causing him to lose his arm in the process.
Before used in Cambodia, some of these war machines have even seen action during World War II. Among the collection there are also many sorts of landmines and rare photographs from the defined period of time in Cambodia.
You are encouraged to touch and hold many types of guns, from a M16 or a AK-47 (Kalashnikov) till a machine gun like the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR). You can even hold a rocket launcher! And you can even stand on tanks!
This very ‘hands on’ exhibition makes it even more interesting. That is counting a snake too, who thought it’d be a good idea to wander around amongst the visitors! But all good and baby Kittie is here to follow you, but maybe not protect you as this snake ate his mummy just a week ago…I wonder if I should keep this rocket launcher as protection?…Anyway, moving on!
During this time improvements were being made in the museum (e.g. descriptions were being made for the photos hanging in the museum with the help of the first volunteer working for the museum), internal organization changes had been applied and working conditions for the personnel had been improved. Marketing was introduced in this period of time and visitor numbers rose significantly.
If you enjoyed this and wish to know more, it is highly advised to visit the Kmher Killing Fields in PhnomPenh called Choeung Ek: http://www.phnompenh.gov.kh/phnom-penh-city-choeung-ek-memorial-139.html