Tuol Sleng Genocide (S-21) Museum Phnom Penh Cambodia


The Tuol Sleng Genocide (S-21) Museum in Phnom Penh Cambodia is a very sad but educational place.  From 1975-1979 the Khmer Rouge tortured and killed 25% (roughly 4 million) of the Cambodian population in over 300 facilities just like the S-21 prison.




These leaders are still being tried for their crimes to this day.


The playground of the former high school turned torture camp.



Building “A” housed general prisoners and also torture rooms upstairs.

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This picture shows a dead inmate found when the prison was discovered and the next picture shows the torture room today.


Guards used these torture rooms to force confessions for crimes against the country.

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The gallows were swing sets turned torture devices.  The guards would hang prisoners upside down with their heads submerged in sewage filled pots to gain confessions.



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The Khmer Rouge documented their victims throughout the process from captive to confession.  Inside the museum are many examples like the ones shown below.

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Clothes and personal items were stripped of their owners for processing. The picture below shows some that were found.  The picture below that shows what I stumbled upon in a section closed to the public.  As of my September 2013 visit, there was a stairwell full of clothes, shoes and other personal items.




Building “B” was more secure than building “A” with barbed wire and small cells.


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Pictured below are two of the water torture devices.  The first is a big tub where prisoners were locked face down in water.  The second is a bucket where prisoners were hung upside down under water until the passed out


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The last picture are some of the skulls found and the placards describe the causes of death based on the injuries.

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