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“Sobering reminder”

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
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Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing...
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Owner description: This former torture and detention center is now a museum dedicated to the victims of the Khmer Rouge.
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“Sobering reminder”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

Not for the faint of heart but a very real reminder of our collective past and the evil that lirks when good men do nothing.

Visited February 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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“A must visit”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

It is difficult to rate S21 as 'excellent' considering the atrocities that occurred there. What is excellent is that Cambodia has and is coming through that period of their history so very well. Not sure I could feel the same way - pick myself up and carry on. But the Khmer people are one of a kind. Simply beautiful. I recommend this spot to visit; it will open your eyes to the ugliness of some and the resilience of others.

Visited February 2013
Thank Irene G
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Traralgon, Australia
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

We visited Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum before visiting the Killing Fields. They are similar in some ways in that you hear some of the same stories and see some of the same photos. I'd say either was a must do, but maybe not both unless you have lots of time available. It made me think that no matter how hard life is for todays Cambodians (and it is) it must seem so stable after those dreadful dark times.

Visited February 2013
Thank justjans
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Tofino, Canada
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“A must see in Phnom Penh”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

It is worth getting to know your Cambodian history before you embark on this visit. It is powerfully sad, upsetting, tragic and makes you thank your own freedoms and where you come from. We wanted a guide, but there was non at the time, so we paid the entrance fee and tagged along with a few couples private guides, attempting to look like we were not listening! There is not much information around the complex, just artifacts and photos of faces that are long gone.
I don't recommend taking photos, this is not a place you want to share on your facebook page, this has to be seen in person and realised whilst there.
How awful ... thankful to have seen, and grateful for my life here in Canada :-)

Visited March 2012
Thank wolfcruise
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“Sobering day”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

As 38 year old during the Cambodian War I remember the news at the time and so was a little conditioned to what to expect on my visit. However, as I recall, the news never told the detail. This visit certainly filled in the blanks for me. Mark Twain quoted something to the effect "If you been to a place then you are not qualified to comment". This place is a case in point for those who criticise visiting. It is best to visit the prison and after visit the Killing Field. A tuk tuk from your hotel will drop you at the prison and wait to take you onto the Killing Field and then wait to bring you back to your hotel.

Visited January 2013
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