Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh

4.6
#1 of 41 in Museums in Cambodia
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. See Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and all Phnom Penh has to offer by arranging your trip with our Phnom Penh online sightseeing planner .
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  • Visited Tuol Sleng and in what was a confronting day having been to the Killing Fields earlier this was another reminder of the atrocities of the time and something we all should understand as part of...  more »
  • Auschwitz, tiger cages in Vietnam and now this can the brutal atrocities get any worse. Visited this as part of a quad biking package which I also recommend through Camboquad. It's one of these places...  more »
  • If possible do not take the audio guide and contract a guide, you pay them at the end what you consider. You should ask for them once you buy the ticket because there are not so many. If not avaible t...  more »
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  • This place is somewhere that everyone coming to Cambodia should visit. It’s a harrowing tragic site, but it is important to understand what happened to better understand Cambodia. The audio tour is fantastic and there are lots of places to just sit and listen to the stories of the terrible things that happened here and the stories of the survivors. I also went to the killing fields, but I would recommend if you only have time for one of them this is more informative and if you do both visiting here first will help you understand the history better before visiting the killing fields. Really a place that makes you think and ponder for a good amount of time after you visit.
  • Maybe one of the most worth while places I've been on earth. There isn't much to say other than if you are visiting Cambodia and Phnom Penh do make an effort to spend some time at this place. You will get a better understanding of what Cambodia went through at this time. Walking through with the headphones telling the story of the atrocities which happened make you a little more humble and grateful for what you have.
  • I’m glad we visited, but I wouldn’t go back. This place was informative and extremely depressing, and the jail cells are horrifying, as they are kept in the same way that they were found when the city was liberated. The experience has been expertly designed and the audio guide is well worth it to understand the stories here. Highly recommended for a single visit, so long as you plan something lighter for the rest of the day.
  • This was a very thought-provoking experience. We did the audio tour when we went and I highly recommend it. It gives great insight and provides a lot of knowledge into what exactly you are looking at. As well it gives you a good flow through the prison to see everything and understand the significance of each area. I understand much more about the travesty of the Khmer Rouge regime now and highly recommend a trip through here
  • 5 stars means I loved it? No.. it was harrowing and devastating, but totally necessary. I think it's important everyone go and see this to fully understand what took place and how these beautiful people endured terror and torture. The audio tour was detailed and superbly put together and I do highly recommend. May we never forget.
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