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“Worth visiting to understand the scale of the masacre”

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
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Half-Day Tuol Sleng Museum and Cheung Ek Killing...
Ranked #2 of 133 things to do in Phnom Penh
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Owner description: This former torture and detention center is now a museum dedicated to the victims of the Khmer Rouge.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you don't know much about recent Cambodian history, this place is good one to start your induction. Former prison S-21, this museum showcase the brutality and terror of Khmer Rouge in 1975-1979. Not suitable for children. Make sure to reserve a bit more time here and use audio guide as it navigates perfectly as well as adds useful commentary to what you can see around. There is also a chance to talk to some survivors.

Thank Joanna K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I saw this second after seeing (one of ) the actual killing fields in the morning which is located 15km outside the city.
This was probably even more distressing than the actual killing fields as this was a high school that was used as a torture and killing centre during Pol Pots regime.
They still have the single beds in single rooms where prisoners were tortured to death. These rooms also have black and white photos on the wall to show the actual dead body on the bed when the camp was liberated by the Vietnamese army.
Loads of other black and white inmate photos of all the people that entered but mostly never left. A huge gamut of torture and human suffering took place here for no reason whatsoever. You just ask yourself Why? Cambodians killing their fellow Cambodians.

Thank MarkyMark383
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is chilling, and gives you an insight into the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge and their leader, Pol Pot. Photographs of men, women and children taken into the prison and later executed are heartbreaking. It’s hard to imagine how the Cambodian people have suffered and yet today are cheerful, friendly and helpful. Recommended visit.

Thank Sue B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very heart breaking experience but it is a MUST when you plan to visit phnom penh to be able to understand more about the history

Thank jillian211
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re visiting phnom phen then this really ought to be on you’re ‘to do’ list.

As you might expect it’s not an easy place to visit, but gives you an excellent sense of the atrocities that happened in this place. And not that far back in time, it’s difficult to imagine that this happened so recently.

It’s basically a school converted into a torture and murder site. You can wander around the buildings and see the cells where prisoners were held.

The optional audio tour is excellent. You can go at you’re own pace and either skip parts or listen to more detail. I got a lot more out of the visit by having the audio tour than if I’d just walked around. It took me about 2 hours to do the complete audio tour (not listening to the supplementary pieces).

Thank swanboy01
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