Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is the memorial site of the S-21 interrogation and detention center of the Khmer Rouge regime. Located in the heart of Phnom Penh, it preserves a tragic period in history with the aim to encourage visitors to be messengers of peace. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is the memorial site of “Security Office 21” (S-21) of Democratic Kampuchea (also known as the Khmer Rouge regime) and located in what was then the abandoned city of Phnom Penh, whose citizens had been evacuated on 17 April 1975. S-21 served as the central hub of a vast prison system throughout the country and was used throughout the period as a secret facility for the detention, interrogation, torture and extermination of those deemed “political enemies” of the regime. Due to a policy of guilt-by-association, at times whole families were detained at the center. Only 12 former inmates survived the opening of S-21 when Phnom Penh was liberated. Four of them were children.
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TheCrazyPPCouple
Phnom Penh, Cambodia5 contributions
great experience for learning cambodian history
May 2021
tragic but educational, this place deserves every Cambodian visiting as lots of young people seem to have forgotten their own history - -
Written 21 June 2021
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Devid Sophornprak
Phnom Penh, Cambodia58 contributions
Historical building
Mar. 2021 • Solo
Cambodia History are here, if you want to know more should come here, outdoor security was very helpful alway guide you what to do upon arrival
Written 9 March 2021
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JayRae1
Glasgow, UK1,543 contributions
Yet another harrowing experience
Mar. 2020
My experience here was very similar to my experience at the killing fields of Choeung Ek, in that I took my camera but, once inside, had no inclination to take photos. The museum, formerly the S-21 Prison, is a stark reminder of what humanity is capable of, when the wrong people come to power. I won't go into the gory details of the stories we were told by the guide, but would recommend a visit to anyone who ventures into these parts. Just don't expect it to be an uplifting experience, though there is some respite from the hardness when you get the chance to meet former inmates and, if you're sensible, to buy their books.
Written 4 February 2021
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Ollie Peters
Phnom Penh, Cambodia2 contributions
Vist to Genocide Museum.
Sep. 2020 • Couples
The actual museum was very confronting and disturbing because of the nature of the subject matter.

It was done a budget and lacking. It looked tired or uncoordinated. With a few more interactive displays, signage and videos it could be so much better.
Written 4 January 2021
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SkaKat
Phnom Penh, Cambodia11 contributions
Incredibly moving
Dec. 2020 • Friends
A very eerie place. Very evident it was formerly a school. There is not information everywhere, but I like how underplayed it is.
Written 4 December 2020
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megacity
Kathmandu, Nepal8 contributions
Very important museum
Apr. 2020
The Tuol Sleng Museum is a must for every traveller in order to learn about Cambodia's tragic past which shapes its present until today.
Written 9 November 2020
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Blaise heart
12 contributions
Very harrowing
Oct. 2020
I was stunned by the cruelty that had gone on here but very glad i went. It’s an important visit when your in the city
To understand the history of this country and the people. Don’t miss it but prepare yourself. Please don’t go if your feeling low or fragile.
Written 19 October 2020
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Lorna I
Southampton, UK373 contributions
Informative and emotional
Sep. 2020 • Couples
Visited here to understand Phnom Penh and Cambodia’s history. Found the museum to be sensitive but also not shy away from the horrific events.

This is a definite must when visiting Phnom Penh to understand the people of Cambodia and what they have been through and overcome to be where they are now.
Written 29 September 2020
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Sherpa591575
Phnom Penh, Cambodia147 contributions
Visiting the Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
Jan. 2020
Visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
In a nondescript part of Phnom Penh with ordinary shops, street traders, traffic & people simply going about their daily lives, there is an oasis of peace & tranquility. Once a school, but now a museum in remembrance of those who suffered & died here at the hands of the Khmer Rouge Regime, 1975-79….
Tuol Svay Pray High School where students were educated & enjoyed recreation, was taken over by the Khmer Rouge Regime & converted it into a prison where many thousands were tortured & executed.
Much has already been documented about the barbaric activities of the Khmer Rouge Regime, so I am merely telling my story of what I witnessed during several visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum & adding my thoughts & comments.
Words to fully explain & convey to others the horrors that took place here during the period 1975-79 are difficult to find, but as I walk around, the stunned silence of the visitors, some wiping away tears, as they view the harrowing exhibits of torture and many photographs of prisoners, old, young, men & women, who died here, does surely speak volumes about man’s inhumanity to man.
Perhaps not realised, visitors to places such as S21 fall into two quite different groups. Firstly, tourists & travelers who may simply be curious as to what took place here. They leave with mixed emotions & perhaps never forget the experience. Secondly, we should be aware that some visitors may have traveled considerable distances while others are local residents. They may be relatives or friends of those imprisoned here & want to feel close to those who suffered & died at the hands of pure evil in their own country. Some may have struggled for many years to find courage enough to make a personal pilgrimage of discovery to this place, There will be those who wish to put in place a piece of their family history & pray that all those who died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge Regime, will forever rest in peace.
Visitors, please respect all those here, by dressing & acting in a dignified manner
Written 14 September 2020
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Bessie R
2 contributions
Please think carefully before visiting
Sep. 2019 • Solo
I am haunted by this place. I wish I had never gone. I wake sometimes in the night and think of some of the things I saw and learnt here. I was aware that as a tourist I only touched on the slightest fragment of the suffering that went on here but the trauma of that knowing is still with me.
If you are of a sensitive disposition and the sort of person who replays things and imagines things in detail (I dislike using the word empath but I will suggest it if that resonates with you) I would seriously think about if you really need to visit this place. I believe an awareness of what occurred in Cambodia's still recent history is important, to fully appreciate the resilience and amazing ability for warmth and positivity when so many still alive will have been cut so deeply by this horrific passage in time, do some reading but don't feel you have to visit this place or the Killing Fields if you are likely to have a strong negative emotional reaction or mental health problem as a result.
Written 28 August 2020
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