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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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  • This is one place that I almost would not want to visit...an attraction that does not make anyone smile and feel happy about...but I have to since I only know about the horrors of the Khmer Rouge Regi...  more »
  • An amazing experience and honor that I have finally visited this place. An eye opener and harsh reality check that these events actually happened. Not for the faint hearted and definitely educational,...  more »
  • Not to be misssed in Phnom Penh. A very moving experience. For those of us who remember hearing about the atrocities in Cambodia when the war was happening it really brought those new bulletins home t...  more »
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  • I think it's important to visit this Museum to learn the sad not-so-recent history of Cambodia. The prison Museum is in tact to represent what it was like in 1975 and the atrocities that happened here. The audio tour is very informative and respectful to walk you through history, facts, stories, with lots of imagery boards to go along with the audio tour. We spent 2 hours here listening to the full audio tour. It is a very difficult learning experience but one I think it's important to learn.
  • We found this both fascinating and terrifying. What happened here is simply horrific. The displays and exhibits are done in a way that lets you see shocking pictures and items, but the tone of the commentary is always respectful and informative. We only had about 75 minutes but you could easily spend 2 or 3 hours here. It's a touching memorial and the message it portrays is incredibly important on a human level, not just a Cambodian one.
  • You can't truly understand Khmer culture and the dark nature of humanity without coming here and to the Killing fields memorial. I would recommend a guide or audio as there is not a lot of description. This is must for every traveler into Cambodia. Please be respectful and prepare your self mentally.
  • Unfortunately history of humanity has lost of terrible chapters. Here is one of them. We should learn from past to create a better, peaceful future. That's why, this kind of sight seeing objects are so important. I highly recommend to everyone to visit here. Visit and never forget again. As long as political leaders, or religious leaders or any kind of leaders ; have all the power to lead or decide about others life without any democratical control systems, people will always have such problems. Please remind it always that there are no differences between anyone.
  • What an informative, enlightening and emotional educational tour. Get the audio guide and take your time. Unfortunately the displays are mostly dated and are in need of an upgrade, but they've done the best they can with what they have.