Siem Reap War Museum
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Former soldiers bring history to life
In February 2013, my husband Michael and I set off on an 8-month trip around the world. Here’s one of the many highlights of our adventure… When we were in Siem Reap, Michael got a severe case of dysentery and spent one night in the hospital (no, that’s not our travel highlight). On the way back to the hotel, we passed the Siem Reap War Museum, which focuses on the Khmer Rouge regime. We had heard of the landmine museum outside of town, but not this one. A few days later, we went for a visit. The outdoor museum has a weathered collection of weapons, tanks, and gear. There is also a large, deep pit – the site of a former mass grave. What made this museum special was our guide, Tom, a former soldier who lost his arm in the conflict (all of the guides are former soldiers). It was an unforgettable experience to spend time with someone who lived the history we viewed.
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