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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21)
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21)

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21)

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278 Reviews
113 Street and 350 Street, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Basics

The museum offers a dark and disturbing window into the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. The interrogation rooms have been left as they were in 1977, and photographs of the regime’s victims are on display, along with rusting tools of torture. The museum suggests visitors should be at least 14-years-old as the exhibits are too disturbing for most children. Visitors are expected to behave respectfully during their visit.

Tuol Sleng is a common stop on Phnom Penh city tours, which typically also include the Royal Palace, the National Museum of Cambodia, and Wat Phnom. For a more in-depth look at the horrors perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge, book a Tuol Sleng tour that includes a trip to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, south of the city, where S-21’s 17,000 or so victims met their deaths.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Phnom Penh

star-5
Worthwhile experience
Linda_B, Apr 2020
The Killing Field and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) Tour
This was a very somber but worthwhile experience in that it helps to better understand the extent of the atrocities committed against these people. It is truly amazing to see how the people have been able to overcome this tragedy and rebuild their lives from this catastrophic event
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Great
Zahrs, Mar 2020
The Killing Field and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum Tour
I want to thank the guide for his knowledge of the full history story , and he was nice and friendly.
star-4
Killing fields and s-21
Nilssonkan, Mar 2020
The Killing Field and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum Tour
It was very good in many ways. The tour guide knew a lot about Cambodia and the history. Could have been better but it was not bad. It felt good having a guide with you in this place.
star-5
Brilliant city tour
Charlie_E, Feb 2020
Phnom Penh Small Group City Tour, Silver Pagoda,Genocide Museum, Killing Fields
Gao was an excellent tour guide for the trip. He knew a lot about the sights and the history and culture of the country. Overall he was very knowledgeable, thoughtful and personable
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Guides knowledge
leejosh1, Feb 2020
The Killing Field and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) Tour
Excellent tour but very heart breaking.Our guide was very knowledgeably.10/10 For the guide.A must see tour if your in Phnom Penh and S 21
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Half day tour of Killing S21 and Genocide
kathmoreland, Feb 2020
Phnom Penh Small Group City Tour, Silver Pagoda,Genocide Museum, Killing Fields
Was a fabulous tour with our guide to the killing fields and S21 and Genocide Museum ... he had also been able to offer his own views due to loosing family to the killing fields and was very knowledgeable. The tour only had 4 of us which was really good small group and got picked up and dropped off at hotel . Recommend this tour
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A must see
Peter_H, Mar 2020
The Killing Field and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum Tour
A very moving experiece. The brutality beggars belief. The Cambodian people have shown remarkable resilience to recover
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Excellent Help Desk
vitameatavegamins, Nov 2019
Toul Sleng Genocide Museum Admission Ticket (Hotel delivery)
Convenient to talk to the staff. Very helpful re inquiries and scheduling. Will book again next time.
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A must do in Phnom Penh
mlpallorina1971, Feb 2020
The Killing Field and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum Tour
This is a great Tour and worth your money. Wisal our guide is very knowledgeable about the history of The Killing Fields and Cambodia. He also speak very good English and they pick me up from my hotel at the agreed time. It is also a great time to reflect and pray for the Souls of the victims. This is a must do once you visit Phnom Penh.
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Interesting and Informative
acatoz, Feb 2020
The Killing Field and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) Tour
Really informative and interesting. These 2 places are a must-see if you're in Phnom Penh. Having a guide makes the experience even more informative.
star-5
Great tour, worth visiting. It helped me to deep into the history of the country
schennikova, Feb 2020
The Killing Field and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum Tour
Very informative tour. Guide was excellent , he gave us a lot of facts about the history of Cambodia and gave his personal opinion as well. It’s always good to know the information from locals.
star-4
Very nice!
ilucianii, Jan 2020
The Killing Field and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) Tour
The tour is very interesting. Both the Prison and the Killing Fields are remarkable and must be visited as a remembrance for the dark past of Cambodia. I strongly recommend it! I was called before the tour in order to indicate Pick Up location. Our Tour Guide (on January 22nd) was very smart, dedicated to his job and willing to share his knowledge about these sites. We had to pay about 8 USD for the entrance only.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a must for travelers who would like to understand Cambodia’s dark history.

  • The museum is not suitable for most children.

  • Please dress respectfully, covering legs and arms, or you may be refused admission.

  • Tuol Sleng bans visitors from using mobile phones on the premises. Photography is allowed, but this is no place for selfies of any kind.

  • Tickets are free for Cambodian citizens and travelers who use wheelchairs.

  • The exterior areas, including torture sites, information boards, and a memorial, are fully wheelchair accessible; upper floors are accessed only by stairs; some ground floor exhibits can be viewed from a wheelchair.

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How to Get There

Tuol Sleng sits in the heart of Phnom Penh, just a 1-mile (1.5-kilometer) walk southeast of the Royal Palace. The city has no public transport, so join an organized tour or book a pre-paid private driver if you want to avoid the hassles of negotiating with motorcycle taxis, “cyclo” rickshaws, and tuk-tuks.

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When to Get There

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is open from early in the morning until late afternoon seven days a week. It’s worth arriving early in the day, during the working week, to beat the crowds and experience the site in peace. Two different documentaries are shown each day: Arrive reasonably early to catch the morning film or in the middle of the afternoon for the second screening.

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The Killing Fields of Cambodia

The Khmer Rouge executed most of their victims at a range of different sites known as killing fields. Today, many are preserved as memorial sites, with shrines and disturbing exhibits. The Choeung Ek Killing Fields, outside Phnom Penh, are the best known. Sights include a mountain of 8,000 skulls and a tree where Khmer Rouge fighters bashed babies’ heads in to save the cost of bullets.

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