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“The history here is mind blowing!”

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
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Half-Day Tuol Sleng Museum and Russian Market Tour in Phnom Penh
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Owner description: This former torture and detention center is now a museum dedicated to the victims of the Khmer Rouge.
Coventry, United Kingdom
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“The history here is mind blowing!”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

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.

Visited March 2013
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

The saying 'absolute power corrupts absolutely' has never been more correct when used in context to what occurred in Teol Sleng less than 30 years ago. The feelings that one experiences after visiting are confronting, complex and will vary between different people - what a waste of life and how could people do this to other people based on political ideology are but a few. The other irony is how could this brutal activity happen in such a setting (a high school); a setting that was very much intended to to develop young minds and provide education to improve their society.
The complex hasn't changed much since the atrocities stopped. It is worth a visit, to, at the very least, remember those who were murdered, and remind us all to never allow the strong to hurt the weak with impunity again. Our kids never complained or listened to their ipods once during the visit - the visit affected us all.

Visited June 2013
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“Have to pay $5 to get in and need guide $2pp”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

Its had to say its good as it about human suffering.
Also all the people running it are on the take.
The money goes to corrupt politicians not to the Cambodian people.
It should go to the people, to help make up for what Khmer Rouge did to them, but no as with all public tourist attractions money goes to corrupt people in power.
Corruption is a cancer that needs to be stopped.

Visited June 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Usually when you go to a museum, you can take in your surroundings, but you have to mostly use your imagination to a high degree. Unfortunately here, due to the barbed wire, you could experience the chill, and imagine the screams.

I was in a wheelchair when we visited the museum, and although about 90% of the ground floor site was"accidentally" accessible, i was obviously unable to go up to the upper levels, and also required assistance going up into the museum level as this was accessible by a step in each block. It is important to note, that whilst I was in a wheelchair, I am able to get out on occasion and step over these steps, with assistance. This would not be possible in some areas for those with greater degrees of mobility impairment. That said, I'm sure 2 strapping people could assist in lifting over these areas.

This is a must see if you are going to Cambodia.

Visited June 2013
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“School prison”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

I would not look at a school building again without thinking about Tuol Sieng Genocide Musuem! One could feel the suffering permeating the rooms as one walked through the buildings! It is a must visit place for visitors to Phnom Penh!

Visited April 2013
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