Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21), Phnom Phen, Cambodia

Until 1975 the area of 113th Street was a high school. With the arrival of the Khmer Rouge, it became a prison where the inmates were interrogated and tortured cruelly. When 1979 Vietnamese troops liberated Phnom Penh, they found only 14 bodies of former Khmer officials who had been suspected of espionage and had been brutally tortured to death. In total, more than 20,000 people – including women and children – have been detained in the buildings. An exhibition shows with lots of photos and testimonies about the history of the camp. If you want to understand the reign of terror of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia somehow, you should not miss visiting this museum – even if it’s shocking it may be.

You can enter the entire area in a wheelchair, and the cells on the ground floor are only accessible by one to four steps – but we were supported by other visitors at each house. To get to the upper floors you need to climb steep stairs, the exhibition is below anyway. There are one or two steps to the toilets as well.

The Toul Sleng Genocide Museum is open every day from 8 am to 5 pm. The entrance fee is US $2 per person.



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