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“So sad”

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
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Ranked #2 of 92 things to do in Phnom Penh
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This former torture and detention center is now a museum dedicated to the victims of the Khmer Rouge.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A sad and bad history for Cambodian people last century during Khmer Rouge period. A small converted to a torturing camp where hundreds of thousands of educated people were sent for confessions. Hope this period will end forever

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum, previously a concentration camp and an interrogation/torture centre, stands as a testament to the atrocities that transpired during the Khmer rouge. Literally anyone who was suspected of plotting against the Angkar ("the organisation") was routinely brought here en masse, and tortured to death (By "en masse" I mean entire families, even young children). The ground for suspicion could be as ridiculous as having soft hands and wearing glasses, as they apparently marked you as non-Proletariat. This, like Auschwitz, was a highly guarded secret place.

There are bone-chilling photographs of the 14 victims who were killed in a haste when the Rouge was defeated.The museum also has rows of pictures, both of cadres (boys and girls as young as 12), and of victims, some of whom have not yet been identified (a lot of Cambodian families still visit this museum to find traces of their lost family members). Truly a proof of human cruelty, and an Orwellian nightmare. Do consider that the rouge fooled even the UN, and Pol Pot, the mastermind behind the massacre, escaped mostly unscathed.

Some of the survivors of the rouge have booths on the museum ground, at which you can buy books on their personal experiences. Please support them. The tickets are $5, and the audio guides come at $3 a piece. I recommend having an audio guide because it has a lot of information, including stories of both victims and survivors.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we visited, there were two survivors of this prison selling their books. They talked freely and in detail about their horrific time in S21 (the Khmer rouge name for this prison).
It is beyond comprehension that the whole world knew what was happening and did nothing.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 965theo
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Admission is $5 and you can add $3 for the audio tour -- which I would highly recommend! The guide walks you through the buildings and you'll hear stories from some of the survivors and other prisoners in S21. The sets have 2 output jacks so you can bring your own headphones and share with someone else. We found that this was helpful because we were in sync as we listened to the stories as we walked through the buildings.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This with have a similar emotional reaction as visiting Auschwitz, the Holocaust Museum or the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. It is a sad place to visit, yet serves a purpose to teach us to be on guard for future atrocities.
This was a high school converted to a prison by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. It is very disturbing as the have many photos of victims. A few are quite gruesome.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Maikai_hoaloha
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