Advantages enlightening, informative
Disadvantages emotional/depressing visit
I have visited Aki Ra's Landmine Museum twice - once in July 2009 and once in September 2010.Just the fact I have been to it twice should be enough to demonstrate that it is worth a visit!
The museum is a tuk tuk ride out of Siem Reap, approx 35km out of town. I know it sounds like a long way just to spend a couple of hours (max) at a museum, but even the journey itself is worth a trip.
The return trip if you hire a tuk tuk should cost you no more than US $15. We paid $12. It is about 45 minutes each way to/from the museum, you can spend anything between half an hour - two hours actually at the museum (depending on how much/how quickly you read the information!) and your driver will wait for you.I strongly recommend travelling by tuk tuk - they're a great way to get around! They're open enough that you get a great view of the landscape and you can shout "hello!" back to the kids. Most drivers now speak a bit of English so can chat to you about the local area.
"'Aki Ra"'Aki Ra is the man who set up the Landmine Museum in Siem Reap and all the work they organise. Aki Ra was recruited by the Khmer Rouge regime as a child soldier, at about 9 years old.
Just a little history about the Khmer Rouge regime....
The Khmer Rouge regime was the name given to the Cambodian People's Party in the 70's.
The regime was led by a man named Pol Pot, and it very quickly became genocidal in it's attempts to generate a "classless" society, converting them back to the "old society" of manual labour and living off the land.
As a result, people were forced from cities in to communities to grow/harvest crops. The conditions were horrendous, the society collapsed, money, books, all things associated with intelligence or capitalism were condemned. People were imprisoned, tortured and murdered for things as simple as wearing glasses.
Millions of people were killed, and even today people are killed and maimed by the millions of remaining landmines in the country.
The museum details the life of Aki Ra, and it really is an emotional journey. His early life was full of horror and pain, and his story is inspiring. Things like him not even knowing how old he is and not knowing his real name are described.
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