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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  • What a moving place. Many tears shed. Lovely to meet a survivor and to take time to remember those lost. 
    What a moving place. Many tears shed. Lovely to meet a survivor and to take time to remember those lost.  more »
  • The prison is evocative and powerfully shows the terror of the Pol Pot regime here. We were honoured to meet 3 of the 14 survivors at the prison, it was an incredible experience. Don't miss it. 
    The prison is evocative and powerfully shows the terror of the Pol Pot regime here. We were honoured to meet 3 of the 14 survivors at the prison, it was an incredible experience. Don't miss it.  more »
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  • Was a very well organized and efficient tour! The audio guides were the best I've heard! I visited the S21 Prison and the Killing Fields, we had a video on the bus explaining the background to the rise of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. I recommend you visit this museum as soon as possible!
  • They say this is the heaviest stories from the past. I went there and I had goosebumps. I went there by myself and no tourists or visitors were there. At the end of the visit, you will get to experience to meet some of the survivors. You would have an option to pay $10 to get their book. (Just so you know)

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