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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

A cold and chilling place that truly makes you appreciate the suffering inflicted during Pol-Pots regime on the Cambodian people. However I would recommend going to the genocide museum before visiting the killing fields for maximum impact. It was a shame that some of the images were scratched so that the faces were unrecognisable, but I feel added to the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This museum history is very sad. Specially because the place used to be a school... A local guide is strogly recommended as there is not a lot of detailed info inside. There is a registered guide's list on the counter. But they use to leave the place early. So do not go near the closing time.

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West Lakes, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We visited here after touring the Killing Fields, I would suggest going here first. An eerie place. Take time to speak to one of the survivors if they are available. Very confronting but important to help understand the recent history of Cambodia.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Not a feel good experience but there is nothing good about genocide! It should be a compulsory activity for all travellers to help understand what the Cambodian people have been through. It was very informative and confronting at the same time. An excellent museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We visited the Killing Fields first then this museum. I would do the reverse as people who didn't die at this prison were sent to the Killing Fields. Another place where you learn about the horrible Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot and how they decimated about a third of the Cambodian population during their rule. A must see and most... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

As well as the killing fields, Tuol Seng is a place you'll never forget. It's very hard and challenging experience. Mentally as well as physically. Gut-wrenching. But at the same time extremely important experience which a really treasure.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Visiting Tuol Sleng is a haunting experience as you really realize that these horrors happened not that very long ago. It was made especially creepy for me as I recognize many of the exact photos from various documentaries I've seen in the past. The museum is quite well laid out, and even the most disinterested personal can easily kill an... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is one of those places you go to in order to understand... like any genocide museum, it is not a pleasant trip. The facilities are average, it has been preserved like it was intentionally, but the peripheral services and infrastructure lacks attention. But it is a must if you want to understand Cambodia's sordid history during the Pol Pot... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you are a history enthusiast. this place is perfect for you. Be aware that this isn't a place for the faint-hearted as grim photos of the victims of the genocide that happened in the 70's are posted on the room's walls. I got chills while roaming around the area, however, I understood a fraction of Cambodia's history better. Morning... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

There is not much descriptive information in any of the rooms you can visit so it is worth the $8 to have a guide show you around and tell you the personal stories of the people imprisoned here. It is a very chilling place, definitely worth a visit if you are in Phnom Penh.

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