Smiling Buddha Killing Cave

Smiling Buddha Killing Cave

This smiling buddha is on the side of the road on the way to the Killing Caves in Battambang, Cambodia.

I had a hard time finding the caves. Before looking for the caves I made a visit to the temple at the top of Phnom Sampeau. I got bad directions and went literally hiking down into a ravine through bushes before I decided I went the wrong way. The climb to get out of the ravine was steep and I can’t believe I actually went down in the first place. Carrying my camera mounted to my tripod no less. Eventually I found the correct route, I needed more directions from a few other people before I got to the right place.

I have not processed any of the cave photos yet. I may not actually post any of them. It is very dark in the cave, and I never went far past the opening. I would recommend to anyone who wants to check them out to bring bright lights, sturdy boots, and be prepared for massive creepiness factor.

If you are not familiar with what the Killing Caves are here is a link to read about them. And if you don’t want to go to the link here is a reference from Wikipedia

The killing caves of Phnom Sampeau are caves in Phnom Sampeau, a hill 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Battambang in Cambodia. Major atrocities occurred there during the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Many victims were bludgeoned to death and then tossed into holes which served as the skylights to the caves.[1] Men and women were placed in separate caves and clothes in another.[1] Today there is a large glass memorial in the cave next to the skulls and bones and a golden reclining Buddha. It is reached via a staircase. A memorial, assembled from cyclone fencing and chicken wire, contains human bones at the base of the stairway.[2][3]


Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at