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Tour and See the World! Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This post is a bit morbid because it's on a serious topic, so take note and take care!

I also visited the Tuol Sleng genocide museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to learn about the destruction caused by Pol Pot's regime when they ruled Cambodia with an iron fist. Tuol Sleng was also known as S21 prison, and was a concentration camp in which Pol Pot, the communist dictator of Cambodia, interrogated his political opponents and bludgeoned many of them to death in the killing fields near the concentration camp. It is a tourist attraction today, with various exhibits on the instruments of torture and interrogation. Yes, I told you it would be a morbid topic - but one that is integral to Cambodia's history. 

In many ways, it could be said that Cambodia with its natural resources and rich lands, teeming with people and bounty, is backward today partly because of the destruction caused by Pol Pot's despotic leadership. However, I think that it's important to learn the history of a country and musuems are a great way of doing so. Take note that Tuol Sleng, the S21 concentration camp, is not for the faint of heart - as it is a really gruesome and horrific place to visit, but very, very educational. Many Western visitors (I counted many French people there! After all, formerly the French controlled Indochina (Indochine)) visit Tuol Sleng to learn about this part of Cambodia's past. 

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Cambodia

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Cambodia

The Stupa, a Buddhist structure, at the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I learnt how to use captions, so there they are - hope these captions work! Anyways, I also visited the Killing Fields, located near Tuol Sleng genocide museum, and it was a very interesting journey. The stupa you see in the picture contains skulls that are piled high up to the ceiling. There were many victims and ... it was quite scary to visit. The tour guide mentioned that Pol Pot killed 3 million people during his reign of terror, and these are the remains that the Cambodians and the international community could find. There were many others, whose skulls weren't found, and whose remains are lost forever. A very sobering and morbid place to visit indeed - but definitely worth a visit to learn about Cambodia's dark past. I must say that I did a lot of reflecting during the visit! 

There will be happier and more positive posts to come on nicer, happier, and livelier places to visit - coming soon! Thanks for reading and learning about Cambodia's past here on my travel blog. 

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Tour and See the World! Prey Angkungh in Prey Veng, Cambodia

I visited Prey Angkungh in Prey Veng province, Cambodia, on an overseas outreach programme, to lead a team of 27 to build toilets and well facilities in the small, remote, and very poor Cambodian village which lacked basic facilities. In a way it made me reflect on how lucky I am to be in Singapore, and in a developed country where we take many basic necessities for granted, like running water and electricity. [On a slightly different note, as I've not blogged for a long time here on Tour and See the World, I now see that Blogger has a different format and that I can't place the text underneath the pictures, so I'll have a chunk of text describing my experiences, and then the pictures below then. Sorry about that - I'm a Luddite, whoops!] 

The village is very pretty and Cambodia in general is a very beautiful and interesting country. To get to Prey Angkungh, we had to fly from Singapore to Phnom Penh, and then take a long two hour bus ride, cross a river on a ferry, and then take another one hour bus ride to Prey Veng, the eponymously named capital of the province. It was an interesting journey, but let me show you some nice pictures from my travels in Prey Angkungh - in the village we stayed, so you can see Prey Angkungh through my eyes! :)

The last picture is of a village kid, which I call Loki, standing in the middle of the Cambodian rice fields of Prey Veng. I really love that kid as he's so cute and funny - and his innocence and happy expression made me feel comfortable, just like I was home! More pictures to come from my travels in Cambodia, showing Phnom Penh and other areas! Stay here with me on Tour and See the World!

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Tour and See the World: Notice! :) [updated]

Quick Update to friends, readers, and passersby :)

I will be travelling to Vienna this evening, and then from there visiting the Czech republic, Poland, and Germany as well, and most likely will be taking a cruise down the Danube. Also, I've just returned from a village visit to Prey Angkungh, a small village in Prey Veng Province, Cambodia, where I did overseas charity work with my college students. Lots of interesting posts to come, and stay with me here on my travelblog, Tour and See the World! :)

Thanks for reading, and cheers!

Dear friends, readers, and passers by :)

I have not been posting on my travel blog for quite some time but I might be back soon! I was talking to a friend of mine, having some nice tea and all that, and she suggested many interesting ways in which I could make my travel blog better. OK, I don't always respond well to advice (at least I'm honest!) but some of what she said were good ways, and some ways simply didn't understand what I was doing at all.

However, I have become really busy and have lots to do, so I might not be able to share beautiful pictures of travelling and all that kind of stuff - sorry!

In any case, thanks for reading, commenting, and writing to me to give me feedback on all the interesting places that you wish to see here on this site, and all the different ideas that I could do about my hobby. Thank you for reading and following my site!

So take care, and I will try to write soon. 

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Tour and See the World! My South Korea Trip, last part

Tour and See the World! My South Korea Trip, last part

Finally, I've come to the end of my series on South Korea, which I visited in June 2010, this year. I will be flying off to London soon, and will be definitely posting up wonderful pictures of London and the London School of Economics, where I will be at, soon enough! I will also be touring England once again, so you can expect pictures of my varied travels :)

However, back to the topic at hand - the final travel pictures of South Korea! Some of you might be wondering why I haven't written about or shown pictures of Dongdaemun and Namdaemun (or something like that), the Dong Da Men and the Nan Da Men, which are gates, and which are also very famous for demarcating areas of shopping in South Korea. Well, the thing is that this is my travel site, and I love theme parks more than I do shopping; however, I have added in Dongdaemun right here in the pictures in this post. Without further ado:

Below you can see the very famous and high class Shinsegae, nearby Myeong-dong (which you can read about in my earlier post). This is a departmental store for the rich or the up and coming parvenus.

Apparently, many women go to South Korea for cosmetics and stuff like that - people literally cry out BB CREAM!! FACE SHOP!! FACIAL MASKS!!! when they are here. I kid you not!! So, here, I've included odbo, which sells facial masks and BB cream and all the rest of those interesting cosmetics that South Korean women crave. I can assure you that Mavis loved those facial products as well :)

And finally, as promised to my faithful readers: below, you can see the famous shopping complex/ shopping mall at Dongdaemun. I did not visit Namdaemun this time when I toured Korea, so my sincerest apologies to those who were hoping for more!

You have been right here touring South Korea with all its interesting places and shopping malls with me, here on Tour And See the World! travel blog. Thanks for reading and cheers!

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Tour and See the World! My South Korea Trip, part 8

Tour and See the World! My South Korea Trip, part 8 - Myeong-dong shopping district!

Hello and welcome back to Tour and See the World

In today's post, I visit the Myeong-dong shopping district, which is a shopping area and commerical/business zone in Seoul, South Korea. It is very popular and apparently the tour guide brings hundreds of thousands of tourists to this spot every year. Many people who visit South Korea indeed do so for the amazing opportunities to shop, eat and get all sorts of other trinklets. I would say that if you like shopping or window shopping, this is the place to be! Without further ado, I hope you like the pictures of Myeong-dong that I show below:

The last post of miscellaneous pictures of Korea will come right up, so stay tuned here! Thanks for reading and browsing, and cheers.

Tour and See the World! - South Korea