We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

“very eerie” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Book In Advance
More Info
US$55.00*
and up
Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing...
Ranked #2 of 114 things to do in Phnom Penh
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: This former torture and detention center is now a museum dedicated to the victims of the Khmer Rouge.
Fredericton, Canada
Level Contributor
157 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“very eerie”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

Somehow one of the most memorable experiences after spending a month traveling through SE Asia. Really brought home how the genocide did not happen very long ago. By no means is it a distant past, but a very scary reminder that what people today with all their resources are capable of.

Visited January 2012
Helpful?
Thank BevyPoo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

8,296 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    5,053
    2,546
    577
    83
    37
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hebrew first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Vietnamese first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
129 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“A very stark reminder of a horrific time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

Every bit as harrowing as The Killing Fields but not as well prepared for tourists. There are some signs in English but an audio tour here would be great.

Take the time to climb the stairs to the upper, wood-separated cells (very atmospheric) and the galleries on the top floor with more photos and details of the Khmer Rouge leaders and their fairly recent trial.

Visited February 2012
Helpful?
Thank missguerin
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“this is a remembrance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

If you go at 10am or 3pm, there is a movie screening that tells the story of one family involved, through interviews and historical reference. The movie is about an hour and I spent another two hours wandering through the grounds. Did not see completely everything, but it is very intense and I hope to come back a second time to further reflect. Of course there are the physical surroundings and instruments of torture, but the most impressive thing is studying the faces in the thousands of photographs... many are blank, even more are dignified, some have anger, while only a few show intense fear. You can still smell traces of death in some of the rooms. This evidence is needed to remind us of what cannot fully be said.

Visited March 2012
Helpful?
Thank xylembonn
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Amsteram, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Very impressive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

But if you need to choose between visiting the killing fields or Tuol Sleng I would advice to only go to the killing fields.

Helpful?
Thank eone76
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Australia
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“second visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

This was my second visit and I accompanied a Cambodian teacher friend who had never been there before. He was affected emotionaly and impressed by the museum, as was I.

Visited February 2012
Helpful?
Thank heathermkeys
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum also viewed

 

Been to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing