Choeung Ek (Phnom Penh), Cambodia Killing Fields memorial stupa
This site is mentioned in the book, but only in passing since the focus is predominantly on Catholic religious sites. Because I didn’t provide too much detail in the text, I will say a bit more here. I absolutely believe what I wrote in my statement on this website, that the sites in question celebrate life more than death . . . but there are some few cases where this is not true. The commemorative ossuary at the Killing Fields is one of them. The memorial, designed as a high, multi-leveled stupa, is a reminder of only death and brutality–it is specifically meant to memorialize loss and stand as a reminder of human depravity. After the fall of the Khmer Rouge, mass graves were found here containing the remains of nearly 10,000 people, and it is estimated that the memorial contains some 5,000 skulls. The lowest level contains clothing from victims found at the site–some of these garments are visible beneath the glass in the photos I have posted here.