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. 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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  • Center. Visit the various pavilions that corresponded to the status of the prisoners. Most of the time step before running...
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  • The tool-Sleng Genocide Museum provides a harrowing glimpse of the Khmer Rouge reign of terror until the end of the 1970s, and also helps the tourists to understand the present-day Cambodia. Emotional the by far most moving experience for me, recommended for strong nerves!
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  • S-21 gives you a good insight of the horrors the Cambodian people suffered under Pol Pot. We chose to go to S-21 over the killing fields since it was located in the city and the fields are 18 km from ...  more »
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  • A good introduction to the history of the Killing Fields. The whole museum has been arranged very well. There are headphone sets available for a self-guided tour. The extra sound clips and personal stories are particularly enlightening. I've read about the Killing Fields before so I didn't find the museum particularly disturbing - just saddening. Maybe some even more gruesome displays would be helpful, though many people wouldn't be able to handle that. In all, very much worth the time spent there.
  • Must go. It let you know about the sad history of Cambodia in the 70s. The photos inside could be saddening. Please rent the audio guide during the visit. It has many different languages. It tells you a lot about the stories behind the photos, locations and paintings. The whole museum could take 3 hours to finish. Please spare time. There is a nice coffee shop right opposite to the entrance. You can take a break after the visit. Its too sad for me to post any photo here.
  • So important and all should go. Get a private guide. Guides are by donation. Ours had much to tell. Picture is one of the seven survivors from here. Escaped from the killing field. Last person alive from the prison.
  • One of the most amazing experiences of my life. It can be extremely overwhelming. Anyone not strong enough may want to reconsider going there, or at least not going into the inner rooms. Admission is $5, and the audio guide is $3. Definitely go for the audio guide, it will bring the place alive, giving you the historical context. Allocate at least 2-3 hours to fully experience the place. A must-visit for anyone in Phnom Penh.
  • There is a movie room in Building D, be sure to check it out. They screen documentary of the museum. Entry with audio support is highly recommended. As the mesuem is rich with contents, be sure to spend about 3 hours in the museum in order to understand the history in more detailed. Peace ✌️

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