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is a district in Pursat Province
. The district capital is at Kandieng
town located about 12 km from the Provincial capitol Pursat
Kandieng shares a border with the districts of Bakan
to the west, Sampov Meas
to the south and Krakor
to the east. The northern part of the district encompasses a portion of the Tonle Sap
lake and there is one settlement on the edge of the lake at Reang Til. This is a Tonle Sap floating village
and the location moves depending on the water level in the lake.
According to the 1998 Census, Kandieng district is made up of 9 communes and 113 villages. The population of the district was 53,335 in 10,148 households at the time of the last census.
Kandieng is home to several villages of traditional sculptors who work in marble. Buddhist statues and animal carvings are in strong demand and pieces from Kandieng are sold as far away as Phnom Penh
and Siem Reap
. The marble is quarried in the Cardamom Mountains
in Veal Veang
district and often transported to Kandieng via oxcart. In these villages marble carving is a skill that has been handed down through families over generations.
Although there are many execution sites in Pursat, Kandieng is also home to one of the major execution sites (sometimes called killing fields) of the Khmer Rouge in Pursat province. It is located near Srae Sdok about 6 kilometres from the Tonle Sap. The Tuol Purchrey killing site was a military fort for government soldiers during the Lon Nol period. Systematic executions were carried out at Tuol Purchrey from 1975 until 1978. People were transported to the site in large trucks, ordered out, tied up at gun point, and marched to be killed. Local researchers who visited and mapped the site interviewing surviving eyewitnesses estimated that over 10,000 people were executed here over 3 years.