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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

I visited Tuol Sleng in the morning, medium crowded. Have a walk around the old school rooms, still with large black boards. Nice flooring, ventilation, all designed ahead of the time. Khmer Rouge converted to prision as education was not a way to improve living standards or progress. All windows & corridors were barb wired, you can see the marks on the wall reminds you how inmates were tortured. I could only see an insane leader getting the power to torture poor kampucheans. I saw them now, really friendly & down to earth people you love. I was lucky to meet Bou Meng who excaped sketching Pol pot. His wife & children were not spared sadly. Buy a copy of his story to support the organisation to help survivors. It is best to hire a bike for a day (5-15$) to move around, take your own pace. If you are not confident, no way as roads are filled with 2 wheeler like locust attacks. You can never put your feet sown on crawling speed, will be hit. It is also a good idea to drive to the killing fields on a your bike as it is far from city. I really enjoyed the full day ride though.

Visited December 2012
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“Don't miss it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

It's incredible that all this has happened in my lifetime, in fact it's still sorting itself out. One of the participants in the genocide is currently on trial. people need to see this to make sure it never happens again.

Visited March 2013
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“Chilly place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Absolutelywell-worth visiting. This was the only place I had time to see in Phnom Penh and I'm glad i didn't miss this. It could be done up a lot better though as really just had posters and old copies and faded photos there but it was only US$2 entrance fee. It seems as if it's been preserved on a shoestring budget. Very sobering place.

Visited March 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

we initially were not going to go here as we didn't want to do war tourism but after having travelling talked to some people who recommended it as part of understanding the people.The museum is in the actual prison and you walk through all the cells and there are wlls and walls of photos.Shattering, and everyone just walked around pale and silent.I know i sure as hell didnt pull out my camera for any happy snaps.But still i thought it was important to go. I found this harder than the killing fields, but i know my partner and others we talked to found the killing fields sadder.

Visited March 2013
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“More could be done”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

We visited S21 - the school in March. There is very little in terms of education what actually went on there. Unless you have a good tour guide who speaks good English it could be very underwhelming. I needed a bit more written or visual information as to what actually happened. The entry fee is well worth it. Still a good visit all in all.

Visited March 2013
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