Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Attraction 113, Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
First-time visit
Must see
3.02 USD

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The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is is a former high school which was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge regime

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Why Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is special ?

Tuol Sleng is a former Khmer Rouge detention and torture camp. Today it's a museum, a ghastly reminder of the dark days of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Tuol Sleng Museum was formerly served as a detention and interrogation center, where terrible torture was carried out to force confession from the innocent people, before they were killed at Cheoung Ek Killing Field.

It was once Tuol Svay Prey High School, before the complex's five buildings were cleared for their new role in 1975. The complex was renamed Security Prison 21 (S-21), barbed wire was added to the perimeter, and the windows were fortified with iron bars.

All the classrooms were transformed into prison cells and interrogation chambers. Each building has three floors at most. The bottom floor housed the smallest cells, each holding a single prisoner chained to the floor. Women were confined to the second floor. The third floor were mass prison cells, holding large groups chained to long iron bars.

The entrance of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is located at the junction of Street 113 and Street 350. The entrance fee of the museum is USD3 per person. The museum opens everyday from 8 am - 5 pm, including public holiday. The museum is divided into 4 blocks, named Block A, B, C, and D respectively.

What to explore at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum?

The prison is laid out with a courtyard in the middle and 5 long buildings along the sides with three-stories each. When looking from the hallway of the top floor you can see the wonderful flower-blooming tree in the centre, shedding it's delicate flowers on the ground. The contrast between the simplicity and beauty of this tree and the barbaric acts perpretrated here is interesting to muse over.

The Khmer Rouge rigorously documented every prisoner over the years and all of their photos are on display. They all stare blankly from the multitude of plaques on the walls.

There is also a wall of pictures of the S-21 Khmer Rouge guards, who were all between 13 and 18 years of age. Pol Pot believed in recruiting young and indoctrinating and terrifying these children into submission and obedience. Whenever there is even a hint of questioning on their part, the regime would dispose of them also.

It is important to see places like these, to reflect on your life and to understand the history of the countries you travel to.

Hiring a tour guide is essential in order to learn more about the background of the museum, as well as giving you deeper knowledge about the history and brutality of Pol Pot's regime.

Block B served as an exhibition hall, where we can find thousands of victim's photos, taken by the prison's guard to keep as record. Although some said that the soldiers of Khmer Rouge seldom involved in sexual violence, but the latest report from Cambodia Dailystated otherwise.

Block C displays the net of barb wires which once webbed all the blocks in the prison. The purpose, to prevent the prisoners from commit suicide by jumping off the building.

Block D showed many of the documentary photos of what Khmer Rouge had done, not only to the prisoners of S-21, but to whole Phnom Penh.

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How to get to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum?

The entrance of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is located at the junction of Street 113 and Street 350.

Selling points

  • “Challenges the human race”
  • "Dark history worth seeing”
  • “Horrible, and very important.”
  • “A memorable and haunting experience”
  • “A view of hell”
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Tips for you

  • Bring sufficient bottled water when visiting. There are no refreshment stores inside the museum compound.
    What to bring
  • Visitors are allowed to take pictures.
  • Hire a tuk-tuk to get to the places, and the driver waited outside the park.
  • A DC-Cam slide presentation takes place Monday and Friday at 2pm and Wednesday at 9am.


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A must visit! It reflects a sad period in the history of Cambodia..

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HORAIRES : 8-11.30 et 14-17.30 ; PRIX : 2$ ; INFOS : www.tuolslengmuseum.com/, www.tuolsleng.com, fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuol_Sleng

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A great reminder that a genocide can occur next door or at my door anytime, with UN and other world organizations making things worse, not solving them. Keep your eyes opened and learn from history!

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A bit hardcore for sensible people but the place worth absolutely to pay a visit. You can find some interesting copies of Dvd and books about Cambodia/pol pot regime from vendors inside. Don't miss it

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A must see place, this place must never be forgotten and what the prisoners endured. So sad and shocking

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It's a place of history wherein the original place of killing was presented at its finest. haunting, and scary but historically significant and good

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The guides all have personal connections to this prison and gives a very touching overall experience. This is not the everyday museum-tour, you can still see dried blood in some of the cells, horrible pictures of assassined prisoners and paintings of torture by one of the survivors - not for the weakminded!Overall - a very good and informative tour about the genocide.

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This site was well worth the visit and after going to the killing fields you could imagine all the awful thing that went on and all the suffering it makes your skin chill .Felt so sad at all the suffering that took place and could not believe that some one could do so awful things to another person .

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Arrived on Sunday 11/08/13 by Tuk Tuk, the atmosphere was very quiet while you looked around trying to workout how some human beings could possibly inflict terrible pain & torture towards other human beings, I looked around inside the torture rooms & cells, the photos of so many people with fear written on their faces, the methods of torture are upsetting to read & the artistic pictures & paintings of the past. I walked around with a ghosty feeling & atmosphere with so many spirits within the grounds, one room I think is on the second level & your able to watch a video about this terrible past between 1975-1979, 6 years of hell for millions of Cambodian people living amongst this terrible past Cambodian History, the stories from many who survived will go on for years to come & all of us should never forget. I was able to meet one survivor Chum Mey's who had written a book & was happy to purchase one from him & a couple of DVD's. I'm glad I visited & have a much clearer understanding of this terrible past.

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A great reminder that a genocide can occur next door or at my door anytime, with UN and other world organizations making things worse, not solving them. Keep your eyes opened and learn from history!

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