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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  • This place is harrowing. Very emotional and confronting. Has to be seen and experienced, there’s lots of history here. They even have some of the survivors there that tell you their stories. It will b...  more »
  • 非常讓人難過心痛的地方。很難想像人可以對別人做出如此殘忍的事,看著館中照片上的臉龐為他們逝去的生命感到難過。這是一個非常嚴肅的地方,要做好看完後會很鬱悶的心理準備,如果是敏感體質的人最好三思而行。但是這裡是最能了解柬埔寨近代史的地方,還是推薦大家來。 A very heart breaking place. Unbelievable that humans can do so cruel thin...  more »
  • You shoyuld not go to the killing fields without coming here first. This is where you'll learn more about what happened during the khmer rouge  more »
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  • Really great way to get a better understanding of Cambodia’s recent history. It is very touristy but I think they’ve done a fair job of memorializing the importance of what has occurred. Entrance is $5 for foreigner or $8 with an audio guide. There is some signage as you walk through the prison but I think the audio guide would be helpful to provide more detail about what you’re seeing.
  • Just simply go there, and get the audio tour. The audio tour will give you so much insight of the atrocities done by the communist Khmer Rogue regime, and the horror the prisoners in S-21 had to go through. Take your time, and do not rush. There are some extremely graphical items and photos on display, so it might not be suitable for very young children, but seems that local school children of about 13-15 years attend it. And with good reason. They have a showing of the movie "Killing Machine" at 09:00, and at 15:45. Unfortunately I wasn't at the correct time there, so I cannot give my thought on the movie. The movie seems to be available in full in YouTube. This museum will give you a lasting memory, and make you appreciate liberty over authority. 5/5, without a doubt.
  • Very informative, good way to learn about the genocide in Cambodia. Take an audio tour. We spent 2.5 hrs here going through all the audio tour options, but there are recommended ones and extras if you do not have as much time. Highly recommend. If you do nothing else in Phnom Penh, make sure to come here. You can bring and use your own headphones if you prefer not to use their rentals.
  • A fantastic insight into Khmer history. $8 entrance for adults with audio guide, $5 without. I’d highly recommend getting the guide it’s very informative and moving. There are four buildings. The first building shows the rooms in which people were tortured and photos of the prisoners. The second building is mainly a collection of photographs that have been collected from the time detailing the prisoners and the conditions they were kept in. The third building is covered in barbed wire and across three floors shows manmade prison cells where victims were chained up and left there. The fourth, and last building houses more photographs and offers insights into the survivors and torture methods. Very sad and moving experience but also very interesting and insightful. I’d highly recommend visiting when in Phnom Penh.
  • This is a beautiful and heartbreaking museum of incredible importance. Please take the time to visit and take the audio tour. It's only 8 USD and gives you something invaluable in return. We should all take the time to learn this history and share it with everyone. Out of respect, you likely won't find too many pictures, but trust me, you should go if you're anywhere in or near Phnom Penh.
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