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.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum reviews
My experience here was very similar to my experience at the killing fields of Choeung Ek, in that I took my camera but, once inside, had no inclination to take photos. The museum, formerly the S-21... more »
The actual museum was very confronting and disturbing because of the nature of the subject matter. It was done a budget and lacking. It looked tired or uncoordinated. With a few more interactive... more »
This place is really sad to visit yet eye-opening and informative at the same time. The English audio tour is easy to understand and it takes about three hours to finish the whole thing, if I'm not mistaken. Alternatively, you can listen to the highlighted audio clips only, which will take you an hour to finish. They have a dress code here as a matter of respect so please wear appropriate attire. Shoulders must be covered, wear long pants, no crop tops, and no skin-tight clothes.
It's definitely worth a visit and the audio guide is greatly recommended. I think I spend roughly two hours listening to most of the stuff and going on a leisurely pace. You could probably spend 1-2 hours more reading everything on the additional exhibitions and listening everything on the audio guide. Not sure if it's forced, but would recommend wearing long (knees covered) pants and to cover your shoulders.
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