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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  • We visited this, the main detention and torture centre of the Khmer Rouge, with a local guide organised through Trailfinders but there is also plenty of information on site. You are able to see and en...  more »
  • I had come to this place like everytime when i got a chance, and did some sightseeing with my friends that visiting phnom penh for the first time. Because the ticket fee is a contribution for the nati...  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.
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