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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Street 113, Boeng Keng Kang, Phnom Penh 3, Cambodia
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Ranked #5 of 47 attractions in Phnom Penh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums, Historic Sites
Description: This former torture and detention center is now a museum dedicated to the victims of the Khmer Rouge.
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Boone, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

This will give you the backdrop of what the Cambodian people have been thru. Our visit was a walk-thru at our own pace. The rain seemed to compound the atrocities.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

All the reviews say it all. Only thing I would add is get a guide. We had a guide, Koy. He was wonderful. He is a survivor if the Khmer Rouge and speaks wonderful English. Out experience was enhanced exponentially due to his knowledge. The museum does not explain much otherwise.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Not a pleasant experience, especially seeing how they were tortured and killed and how many where children. However I think we owe the sufferers to visit and pay our respects. Very moving, I was there for two hours. Not to be missed really.

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

I would highly recommend that you do this at the beginning of your trip. It's a crushing indictment of the horror people have done to others, and it will certainly color the rest of your trip. I'm not saying that you should skip because it'll make you uncomfortable; just that you be aware of the impact it'll have on you.... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Demonstrating an indescribably monstrous history, the artifacts, photographs and items left since the prison, previously a school, was operational, give silent testament to the horrors inflicted on the imprisoned victims of the Pol Pot regime. One of now two survivors of Tuol Sleng, the charismatic Chum Mey, maintains a desk in the prison grounds, selling his book, answering questions about... More

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The S21 prison is a must see. Its not a happy place but its a place to pay your respects to Cambodia and their people and build a better understanding of why their country is the way it is. I urge everyone to get a photo with Bou Meng (one of the few survivors of the prison) and buy his... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Hard to believe people were kept in such barbaric conditions and tortured daily. For me the saddest thing was seeing how young the prisoners were and how they included children as well. Must see sight. Best with a guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Anyone interested in Cambodian history needs to go here & the Killing Fields. Lucky enough to visit on a day when the last 2 of 7 men, out of 15000, who went to this prison that did not end up at the killing fields. An honor to meet them.

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Timbuktu, Mali
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The museum does quite a poor job at presenting the story of S-21 and making you understand what happened here and why. There are 4 builds to visit. You get to see basically empty rooms with nothing more than a metal bed and a poor quality picture in it, empty cells, lots of portraits of prisoners, a few disturbing pictures... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Don't think you can walk away from this museum without feeling a little sick in your stomach. It's intense and sad, the museum gives you a really good impression of what was going on years ago. The photos of guys in poles of blood almost make you cry, while written diary's of people who lived in caves for a while... More

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