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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21) Tours

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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21)
Between 1975 and 1979, Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge government killed and/or starved around 1.7 million of their citizens, roughly 20% of the population. Phnom Penh’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21), a former high school that served as a torture and detention center, documents their atrocities through films, photos, and artifacts.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Address: 113 Street and 350 Street, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Toul Sleng Genocide Museum Admission Ticket (Hotel delivery)

Toul Sleng Genocide Museum Admission Ticket (Hotel delivery)

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The Toul Sleng Genocide Museum is an interesting and important attraction in Phnom Penh, and a must-visit for travelers interested in Cambodian history. This ticket makes visiting easy. The ticket will be delivered direct to your hotel on the morning of your visit, so you can save time on arrival and go straight into the museum.
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  • 1 hour
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$9.00
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The Killing Field and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum Tour

The Killing Field and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum Tour

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A professional English speaking tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the killing fields of Choeung Ek Genocide Center – 9 miles away south of Phnom Penh. The infamous killing fields have a bloody history. Once an orchard and a Chinese cemetery, the Khmer Rouge, lead by Pol Pot, turned the place into what became known as the killing fields, where they executed around 20.000 victim. Over three years, they massacred and buried 2.5 million people. After remembering the dead, return to Phnom Penh to visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21). Meaning hill of the poisonous trees, Pol Pot turned a once popular high school into a high security prison. 20,000 people were imprisoned there, many of whom were tortured for information. Today it serves as a museum and a reminder of darker days. Your guide will return you to your hotel or guesthouse. .
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  • 4 hours
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$22.57
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The Killing Field and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) Tour

The Killing Field and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) Tour

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A professional English speaking tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the killing fields of Choeung Ek Genocide Center – 9 miles away south of Phnom Penh. The infamous killing fields have a bloody history. Once an orchard and a Chinese cemetery, the Khmer Rouge, lead by Pol Pot, turned the place into what became known as the killing fields, where they executed around 20.000 victim. Over three years they massacred and buried 2.5 million people. After remembering the dead, return to Phnom Penh to visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21). Meaning hill of the poisonous trees, Pol Pot turned a once popular high school into a high security prison. 20,000 people were imprisoned there, many of whom were tortured for information. Today it serves as a museum and a reminder of darker days. Your guide will return you to your hotel or guesthouse.you could ask any question to tour guide.
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  • 4 hours
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Half-Day Tuol Sleng Museum and Cheung Ek Killing Fields

Half-Day Tuol Sleng Museum and Cheung Ek Killing Fields

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Uncover the truths of Cambodia’s dark history with a half-day tour of the Tuol Sleng Museum and Cheung Ek Killing Fields from Phnom Penh. Learn about the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge and the Pol Pot regime as you walk the halls of Toul Sleng, the former S-21 Prison, then pay a moving visit to the mass graveyard of Cheung Ek, the ‘Killing Fields’.
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  • 4 hours
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Half Day Tuol Sleng Museum and Russian Market

Half Day Tuol Sleng Museum and Russian Market

Diverse and often leaving a permanent mark in your memory when seeing the capital’s extremes, Phnom Penh is a journey through a commercial-driven beehive of local entrepreneurs and walking through the dark pages of its past. Tattooed forever in the skin of Cambodia, the marks left by the Khmer Rouge regime are a must-see and no other place that the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum is where the atrocities of Pol Pot’s regime are almost tangible. The Russian Market stands out from the more modernized landscape yet what’s driving in its interior is something that tantalises your drive for some local shopping.
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  • 4 hours
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Phnom Penh Hop On Hop Off - Killing Fields and Prison S21 Tour

Phnom Penh Hop On Hop Off - Killing Fields and Prison S21 Tour

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Take a self-guided tour of two harrowing Cambodian sites, each a stark reminder of the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979. First, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, transformed from the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Then get a sobering look at the Killing Fields, where mass killings and burials took place. Travel by coach round-trip from selected hotels in Phnom Penh, with recorded commentary and an informative video documentary on board. Audio tours are available for purchase at each location.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Tuol Sleng & Choeung Ek Killing Fields Tour

Tuol Sleng & Choeung Ek Killing Fields Tour

First, we come to pick you up with our comfortable and AC vehicle and drive to Choeung Ek Killing field. A very moving and confronting experience the Killing Fields were the final resting place for over 17,000 men, women, children and infants between 1975 and 1978. We then continue to Tuol Sleng Museum. In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison (S-21). It rapidly became the largest centre of detention and torture in the country.
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  • 3 hours
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S21 Genocide Museum and Killing Fields Half Day Tour From Phnom Penh

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Explore Phnom Penh on a full-day private tour of the vibrant capital. Admire the stately columns of the Royal Palace, visit the National Museum, and climb to the hilltop Wat Phnom. Then learn about Cambodia’s tragic past at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the former site of the Security Prison 21 (S-21) established by the Khmer Rouge regime. Your personal guide shares insightful commentary on a visit to the Killing Fields at Choeng Ek. Lunch and a market tour are included.
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Half day tour to Toul Sleng & Killing Field

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Essential Cambodia Group 5 days/ 4 nights

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Private Half Day To Killing Field & S21 Genocidal Museum in Phnom Penh

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The Khmer Rouge turned Toul Sleng High School into a center for interrogation, torture and death. Thousands of photo of victims can be seen in each room. You will walk slowly and investigate the materials used for interrogation of prisoners. After that we travel about 15km toward southwest of Phnom Penh we will arrive at Choeung Ek. The memorial at Choeung Ek just outside Phnom Penh was an orchard! And a Chinese cemetery prior to 1975. During the Khmer Rouge regime, it became one of the killing fields the site of the brutal executions of more than 17,000 individuals, most of whom first suffered through torture and deprivation in Toul Sleng Prison. Choeung Ek is now a group of mass graves and a memorial stupa containing thousands of skulls. Come back to hotel and drop off.
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Private Tour: Phnom Penh City Tour Full Day

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Take in the highlights of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, on this full-day private tour. Enjoy the undivided attention of your guide and an itinerary customised to your preferences, stopping at attractions including the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, and the Russian Museum. Also included is a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Memorial to learn more about the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia’s dark past.
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Phnom Penh Vital Discovery-Full Day Tour (Including all services)

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  • 6 to 7 hours
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.00
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4-Day Cambodia Highlights Tour from Phnom Penh with Angkor Wat

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See the best of Cambodia with a private guide on a four-day tour of the country’s vibrant capital, Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat, and Tonle Sap Lake. Enjoy the flexibility of a trip that’s tailored to you as you cruise the Mekong River and discover ancient temples, from jungle-shrouded ruins to the world’s largest religious building. This four-day Cambodia tour includes accommodations, meals, and transportation in a private, climate-controlled vehicle, with a time-saving flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.
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  • 4 days
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Killing Fields and S21 Private Half Day Tour from Phnom Penh

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  • 4 hours
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Full Day Phnom Penh City Private Tour

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Phnom Penh city tour full day (Private tour)

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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.95
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$67.95
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Phnom Penh city tour

Phnom Penh city tour

Phnom Penh is the Capital city of Cambodia. It's also the culture, commercial and political center of the country. Beside this it is the place to learn about the history of Cambodia especially, Khmer Rouge that happened during 1775. The fist we will pick up you from hotel to visit Royal palace it's nice to see in the morning after finish we will visit the Wat Phnom hill that is sacred place for people who always go to pray and one more important place was known as S 21 or Toul Sleng Genocide Museum. This place the tourists will see the prison and many small rooms used to keep the prisoners especially the tools that Khmer Rouge used to torture the people. The last place of this tour you will enjoy with sopping at local market thta is very popular for both local people and tourists especially, with good price, good products. When finish the tour we will drop you off at hotel or market or restaurants if you request.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$91.99
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$91.99
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Private Phnom Penh Day Tour & Street Food

Private Phnom Penh Day Tour & Street Food

Phnom Penh Day Tour & Street Food is the best choice for your holiday in Phnom Penh Capital of Cambodia. You will enjoy with our tour guide and friendly driver to see Tuol Sleng Museum (Prison in Khmer Rouge Regime), Chheung Ek Museum (Killing field in Khmer Rouge Regime), Russian Market for shopping, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and special local food on the street.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.00
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21) costs USD 9.00. Guided Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21) tours start around USD 9.00 per person. See all 96 Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21) tickets and tours on Viator.
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