Get a slice of the country’s grisly past at the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Killing Fields
A former high school turned notorious prison and interrogation center during the reign of the murderous Khmer Rouge, Tuol Sleng also known as S-21, is a searing testimony to Cambodia’s dark past. Visitors are exposed to stoic black and white photographs of the victims, dingy cells, torture implements and cabinets filled with victim’s skulls. Located about 17 kilometers from Phnom Penh are the Killing Fields, a collection of mounds, mass graves, and a towering monument of catalogued human skulls which is visited in conjunction with Tuol Sleng.
While it may not be a pleasant experience for tourists, a visit to this museum and the mass graves is an important pilgrimage for all to glimpse the legacy of one of the most enduring human tragedies of all time.