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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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  • Must visit well to understand the history of this country, but challenging. It feels like all the horror of the atrocities. Essential audio and very well done. History testimony. As a thirty-two hours of visit.
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  • Hard to forget this "school" turned into a place of torture and death camp holding doors. Find out how Cambodians were bitten other Cambodians using the cruelest methods of those Nazis ... just a few decades ago, makes your stomach ... block is not a movie.
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  • This genocide museum is a must. The shockingly sad history of Cambodia is very well explained at the S21. I suggest taking the audio guide. It explains every corner of the place. Very sad history, but...  more »