Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh

4.6
#1 of 54 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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  • Showed up right when the museum was opening so there was a small crowd that continued to grow thoughout the morning. The audio tour was worth the $3 extra, it added a lot of color to what you were...  more »
  • Visit the Tuol Sleng prison (S21) BEFORE a visit to the Choeung EK, killing fields. Here is where prisoners were tortured to extract "confessions" It is essential to rent an audio guide in both...  more »
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  • It was quite an experience. The tour is really well organized. I used the audio headset, and the way they explain it to you, seems like you're stepping back into time. I don't recommend it to the young as it's very eerie and there are certain pictures that are very graphic. But a must do if you are willing to understand more about what cambodia is all about and what it has gone through in order to prosper through this nightmare. My thoughts and prayers go to all the victims there and to their future generations to come (if any).
  • It’s a must go if you would like to learn more about the history of Cambodia. This place might not be suitable for children due to the graphical images. I did it without the audio but I would recommend you guys to use the Audio as it gives more information than the texts alone. Do wear Long pants and do not wear singlet. If you turn up in shorts, the museum will lend you Long pants and shirt to wear at a deposit of 5USD each. You will be able to get back your deposit when you return the clothing.
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