The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, November 26, 2015

Cambodia to Restore 'Killing Fields' Skull-Filled Memorial
Cambodia plans to renovate the skull-filled memorial. AP Photo/Heng Sinith.
PHNOM PENH (AP).- Cambodia plans to renovate the skull-filled memorial on the site of the Khmer Rouge's former "killing fields" for the first time since it was built two decades ago.

Now a grim tourist attraction, Choeung Ek outside the capital Phnom Penh was where most of the prisoners who were tortured at the regime's main prison, S-21, were taken to be killed.

The remains of some 8,900 human skulls and bones are displayed in glass cases inside a Buddhist stupa-style structure, a religious monument, that was built in 1988 and has never been renovated, said Chour Sokty, the site's director.

He said experts will begin cleaning the stupa's roof, repainting the structure's white facade, cleaning an accumulation of cobwebs and repaving the area outside the building.

"We will be painting and cleaning its roof and the grounds. We will not move any of the skulls and bones inside the stupa," Chour Sokty said. "We want to beautify the stupa so it stays strong forever."

The Khmer Rouge were responsible for killing an estimated 1.7 million people during their 1975-79 rule.

A U.N.-backed tribunal last month convicted the regime's chief jailer, Kaing Guek Eav — also known as Duch — of war crimes and crimes against humanity, in the first verdict against a major Khmer Rouge figure 30 years after the regime's downfall.

Duch was ordered to serve 19 years in prison, a sentence that has been criticized in Cambodia as insufficient given the magnitude of his crimes.

Four other former senior leaders of the regime are in custody awaiting trial.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

Choeung Ek | Cambodia | Chour Sokty | The Khmer Rouge |

Today's News

August 6, 2010

Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929 to Open at the V&A

MFA Houston Commissions Artist Cai Guo-Qiang to Create Gunpowder Drawing

Cambodia to Restore 'Killing Fields' Skull-Filled Memorial

Bertoia Auctions to Sell European Toy Vehicles from K-B Toys Co-Founder Collection

Whitney Announces First Major U.S. Retrospective of the Work of Paul Thek

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Announces a Major Exhibition of the Work of Anselm Kiefer

Now Reopened, Israel Museum has New Look at History of Holy Land

Tate Liverpool Announces First Major Retrospective of Nam June Paik

Sotheby's Q2 Beats Wall Street on Strong Auction Sales

Guggenheim Announces "Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918-1936

Exhibition of Italian Prints from Mantegna to Piranesi to Open in Adelaide

Iconic Swiss Painter Albert Anker Gets Big Centenary Show

John W. Coker Announces Sale of Impressionist Treasures

Frank Gehry's Santa Monica Place Mall Deconstructed in a Green Renovation

Tabaimo to Represent Japan at the Biennale di Venezia 2011

Everson Museum Presents the Work of Gerald DiGiusto

Field Museum Scholars Find that Oxygen Fuels the Fires of Time

Three Solo Exhibitions Open at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Cartier-Bresson Exhibit Tells Stories in Decisive Moments

19th Century Topographical Artists Star at Bonhams Sale

King Tutankhamun's Chariot Now on View at New York Exhibition

United States Decision to Attend Hiroshima Memorial Hailed

The Anti Design Festival: Anarchy, Art and Design to Hit the Streets of London

The New School Presents Amplify: Creative and Sustainable Lifestyles in the Lower East Side

Bali Declaration Hopes to Save Indonesia's Biodiversity from Deforestation

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- First solo exhibition by the American artist Mickalene Thomas in Belgium opens at Galerie Nathalie Obadia

2.- Israel accidentally finds ancient mosaic that served as pavement for a courtyard in a villa

3.- The address of Johannes Vermeer's the Little Street discovered by Rijksmuseum curator

4.- The nine lives of Russia's Hermitage cats that root out unwanted guests: Rodents

5.- Robbers make off with masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto from museum in Verona

6.- 17th century letters at Museum of Communication reveal refugees 'sense of loss'

7.- New museum dedicated to the artist Mu Xin opens in Zhejiang Province, China

8.- Who are the most prolific art collectors in the US today?

9.- Rubens House brings newly discovered study for a portrait by Van Dyck to Antwerp

10.- "The Nude in the XX and XXI century" curated by Jane Neal opens at Sotheby's S/2 London

Related Stories

Cambodia to Restore 'Killing Fields' Skull-Filled Memorial

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site