Pol Pot's Grave

An unusual attraction

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What we say: 2.5 stars

For an organisation famed for its secrecy, one shouldn't be surprised that the exact circumstances behind Pol Pot's detah remain murky. Depending on who you talk to, he was murdered by his erstwhile comrades, poisoned by the Thai military, suffocated due to illness or died in his sleep -- just to name some of the better known theories.

What is known is that once he died in April 1998, his body was cremated on a pile of old car tires bringing to a close the life of one of history's worst genocidal maniacs -- unpunished.

The grave is a simple affair, though take a close look and you'll see the metal wire that would have been part of the tires. There is also a small shrine here recently added by a Thai businessman, who, upon paying homage to Pol Pot, dreampt the correct lottery results and won a mozza. Note the small statues of Pol Pot and his wife inside the shrine.

Towards the rear of the enclosure there is a pile of smashed porcelain - Pol Pot's toilet apparently.

Overall, it is one of the more bizarre attractions in Cambodia, odd yet telling that the grave has not been vandalised in any way whatsoever.

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Walking distance from the border
Last updated: 8th April, 2005


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