Little imagination is needed when visiting this museum. This is not like a traditional museum it is the S-21 prison used by the Khmer Rouge regime in the 70's, led by Pol Pot. It is definitely worth paying for a guide to take you around the prison as the guide's explanations were very beneficial. The barbed wire, small concrete cells and torture equipment gives a glimpse of what it was like for the thousands of people imprisoned and then killed here. Out of the 17,000 people estimated to have been killed here there was only 12 known survivors and only three of these were still alive when I visited the museum and I met one of them, Chum Mey, whose wife and young son were killed in front of him during this regime. He
This is a must see if you are going to Phnom Penh in Cambodia, and be prepared for this to be an emotional visit. I can feel the emotions coming back now, writing this review. You can follow this visit with a visit to the Choeung Ek Memorial (The Killing Fields), also in Phnom Penh where thousands of people were taken to be executed.
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