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Reviewed today

This plain looking ex school was the site of terrible torture for so many victims of the Khmer Rouge. It's hard to believe some of the things that happened but a must see to keep the memories alive. The most amazing thing is the two very elderly gentlemen who are actual survivors of this hell on earth and sign the books you can buy there. It is a privilege to meet them.

Thank penandrich
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Reviewed today via mobile

Highly recommend taking the audio tour at $8. This works perfectly as you are able to take you own time to learn about this tragic time. Even though it’s busy everyone is quietly listening and it feels more respectful.

Thank chapman-chloe
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Reviewed today via mobile

Firstly, make sure you get the audio tour. It's outstanding and absolutely worth the extra cost. Take some time to listen to the two songs at the end, and walk around the grounds as you listen.

This is not a place for the faint of heart. You will walk through the cells where prisoners were left to starve, and stand in the rooms where innocent people were tortured - in brutal, deranged ways - to the point of confessing offenses that they did not commit. You'll see the faces of many of the admitted, including the children. Many thousands of people passed through Tuol Sleng, and only a handful of people made it out alive (one of them was there on the day of my visit). It is a chilling look at humanity at its darkest, and an important history lesson in the life of many under the Khmer Rouge regime.

Thank jakerobertmartin
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Reviewed today via mobile

A sad and bad history for Cambodian people last century during Khmer Rouge period. A small converted to a torturing camp where hundreds of thousands of educated people were sent for confessions. Hope this period will end forever

Thank Abu_Firas_11
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Reviewed yesterday

The museum, previously a concentration camp and an interrogation/torture centre, stands as a testament to the atrocities that transpired during the Khmer rouge. Literally anyone who was suspected of plotting against the Angkar ("the organisation") was routinely brought here en masse, and tortured to death (By "en masse" I mean entire families, even young children). The ground for suspicion could be as ridiculous as having soft hands and wearing glasses, as they apparently marked you as non-Proletariat. This, like Auschwitz, was a highly guarded secret place.

There are bone-chilling photographs of the 14 victims who were killed in a haste when the Rouge was defeated.The museum also has rows of pictures, both of cadres (boys and girls as young as 12), and of victims, some of whom have not yet been identified (a lot of Cambodian families still visit this museum to find traces of their lost family members). Truly a proof of human cruelty, and an Orwellian nightmare. Do consider that the rouge fooled even the UN, and Pol Pot, the mastermind behind the massacre, escaped mostly unscathed.

Some of the survivors of the rouge have booths on the museum ground, at which you can buy books on their personal experiences. Please support them. The tickets are $5, and the audio guides come at $3 a piece. I recommend having an audio guide because it has a lot of information, including stories of both victims and survivors.

Thank GlobeTrotting490787
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Reviewed yesterday

When we visited, there were two survivors of this prison selling their books. They talked freely and in detail about their horrific time in S21 (the Khmer rouge name for this prison).
It is beyond comprehension that the whole world knew what was happening and did nothing.

Thank 965theo
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Admission is $5 and you can add $3 for the audio tour -- which I would highly recommend! The guide walks you through the buildings and you'll hear stories from some of the survivors and other prisoners in S21. The sets have 2 output jacks so you can bring your own headphones and share with someone else. We found that this was helpful because we were in sync as we listened to the stories as we walked through the buildings.

Thank helloden
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This with have a similar emotional reaction as visiting Auschwitz, the Holocaust Museum or the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. It is a sad place to visit, yet serves a purpose to teach us to be on guard for future atrocities.
This was a high school converted to a prison by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. It is very disturbing as the have many photos of victims. A few are quite gruesome.

Thank Maikai_hoaloha
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Reviewed 2 days ago

On how to transform a high school into a detention. torture and murder place.
It's a pungent place about the way khmer rouge treated (alleged) disidency and political opposition. Is hard enough to clean the smile of everyone on the place and make you think.
They offer and audioguide but I think they should offer better explanation in situ leaving the audioguide for in depth konowledge. As they have done all around the country prices took a hike recently and this is a bad manouver preventing those on a budget to know fundamental places. As prices are fair for nationals I thinks We foreigner should protest in this "milking the cow" procedures

Thank BLACKJAV
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Old school, used as a prison and torture centre. Not much to see. Shady trees and benches to sit, if you need to continue listening to your audio guide (audio guide extra cost ).
Some survivors, with translators you could talk to and buy their books. A souvenir shop. Clean toilets, separate handicap one at entrance.

Thank no1_denis
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