Aki Ra's Landmine Museum
Landmine Museum, Cambodia © spiraltri3e
The Aki Ra Museum, often simply called the Cambodian Landmine Museum, provides a jarring counterpoint to the ancient Khmer glories on display at Angkor Wat by showcasing the more recent horrors of Cambodia's political and social upheavals. This museum, founded by Aki Ra, a former Khmer Rouge child soldier, provides a clear and compelling account of this troubled time, and the appalling legacy of landmines and unexploded ordinance that are still a blight on the lives of Cambodian people today.
Despite ongoing efforts to find and defuse these sleeping weapons, it is estimated that about five million still remain. Aki Ra himself deactivated over 50,000 of them, many using his own homemade tools. The museum contains hundreds of these landmines, and many other weapons, providing a useful service by teaching visitors and locals how to recognise these devices and what to do should they encounter them. The museum exists primarily to tell Aki Ra's fascinating story, and to gain exposure for the Cambodian struggle with landmines. It is also home to a number of children supported by the museum, who are all victims either of landmines, disease, or simply poverty.
Address: Located four miles (6km) south of Banteay Srey Temple, within the Angkor Wat Archaeological Park.
Telephone: +855 15 674 163
Opening times: Open daily 7.30am-5pm.
Admission: $5 adult, free for children, other concessions available.