Killing Fields Cafe

Status: Weird, but true
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to subsist on a starvation diet, such as the kind millions of people endured during the reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, now you have your chance. A restaurant has recently opened in Phnom Penh called the "Khmer Rouge Experience Cafe." It serves up the kind of watery gruel people actually ate in the killing fields, with a "'theme menu' of salted rice-water, followed by corn mixed with water and leaves, and dove eggs and tea." To round out the ambiance, "the waitresses are barefoot and clad in the black pajamas and red-white scarves of the guerrillas. Speakers blare out tunes celebrating the 1975 toppling of U.S.-backed president General Lon Nol and the walls are adorned with the baskets, hoes and spades Pol Pot hoped would power his jungle-clad south-east Asian homeland to communist prosperity." This place could give Rainforest Cafe a run for its money.

Actually, the Khmer Rouge Cafe seems like yet another example of Reality Tourism, in which the idea is to offer tourists grim reality, instead of fun and comfort. Other examples include an amusement park planned for outside Berlin where people will experience life under communism, and a camp in Croatia where tourists get to find out what life in a communist-era hard-labor camp would have been like.

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Posted on Sun Oct 09, 2005

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Next thing you know, people will pay to be tortued....Are we really becoming this bored???
Posted by X  in  McKinney, TX  on  Mon Oct 10, 2005  at  07:00 AM
its a sad day when ppl want to know what this kind of life is like..
Posted by draven151  in  far far away  on  Mon Oct 10, 2005  at  12:47 PM
yes it is, lets just hope someone doesnt come with anything much worse
Posted by Eva  in  New york  on  Sat Feb 11, 2006  at  06:12 PM
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