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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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  • Museum very informative and poignant on the paranoia of the Khmer Rouge regime. This former school had been transformed into a place of torture and imprisonment by the regime of Polpot. We see in detail all the functioning of this place who lives tens of thousand of innocent people disappear. Very poignant, the audio guide is indispensable. The ticket with this guide is $6.
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  • A quiet, sad and gloomy. A tour of these buildings that were worth thousands of Cambodians. The audio guide will accompany you during this visit between cells, panels and testimonies of this nightmare.
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  • It's a very grim place in the middle of town, you walk into an innocent primary school and instantly get gripped by hardcore torture and death although they weren't allowed to kill them just abstract ...  more »