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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh
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A testament to the darkest side of human nature, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum protects the memory of the victims of the Khmer Rouge that were imprisoned and tortured in the classrooms of this former high school. From 1975 to 1979, the notorious regime detained over 17,000 prisoners here alone--including the former guards who fell from mercy of their superiors and several foreign citizens from the USA, Australia, and New Zealand. Nearly all prisoners who didn't die on spot from the consequences of brutal molestations were later executed in the killing fields. The exhibits include rusty beds, torturing tools, and numerous portraits of victims--sometimes photographed pre and post "treatment." Ask the guide to tell you some of their stories. Watch the documentary featuring interviews with former guards. Note that the displays--especially the photos of the bodies of prisoners who were killed as the Vietnamese liberating army was approaching the city--are extremely graphic and may not be appropriate for all visitors. Before you head to Phnom Penh, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Phnom Penh vacation builder, to make sure you see all that Phnom Penh has to offer, including Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.
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  • How to rate on tripadvisor closest activity of the duty of memory as tourist attraction. It's poignant and it comes out unscathed even if the Cambodians themselves prefer to oblivion or silence. This reaction may seem surprising to Westerners, but here, we can still cross... At the corner of the street... A red khmer...
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  • Make sure to get the audio. 6usd with or 3usd without but you wouldn't understand anything or learn anything without audio. Very sad and tragic what happened but an important part of Cambodian history...  more »
  • Very sobering, but was good to see and hear the history. The audio was good, very informative. It's not 'touristy' with a big sell. Definitely worth a visit and definitely recommend the audio option.